In today’s world when the rules of the society are being written, on the basis of the changing environment of the families and the societies, the roles of the husband and wives also are changing.
There can be many families found, today, in which the bonds of love and togetherness of the husband and wife are still there but the social roles have reversed, may be a short time arrangement of understanding between the two due to some problem.
In such families, the wives earn the money for the family and the husband performs the other functions like grocery, preparing food, taking care of the house and the children etc.
So I shall partly disagree and would like the theory in text be modified and revised in today’s context where the definition of the roles can change based on the realities.
2. In today’s complex, ever- changing society do you think Parsons Theory is outdated or still relevant? What make his theory outdated? What makes his theory relevant to today’s families?
The theory is not out dated and is quiet relevant today also as the definition of the marriage, its acceptance and position & value in the society is still the same. The definition of understanding between the husband and wife are also same.
Thus I would say it is not completely outdated and has lost relevance in today’s society, I would rather say, the theory should be revised or expanded in the definition of roles of husband and wife and some more text on the changed society should be added or revised.
3. If you could change one thing about Parsons Theory, what would it be?
I would like to change the fixed roles that are assigned by the theory to husband and wife. I would rather mention, that one partner, either husband or wife does one role, predominantly and the other does the other role and the text that I would like to further add that both (Instrumental and Expressive) the roles can be shared also without no clear definition of who is doing which role as per their mutual understanding, based on their economic, social and other environment.