Stay-At-Home Moms in the U.S.

As Seen Through the Three Sociological Perspectives

*The increase of Stay-At-Home Moms is known as the increase of mothers who do not work but live at home with the child and take care of the household.

Functionalism Perspective

Society would benefit from this change. It is a man's duty to supply for the house, and it is a woman's responsibility to take care of the child and house.
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Conflict Theory Perspective

In the eyes of a man, it is beneficial to the husband if the wife does not work. With women rarely leaving home, they are prevented from developing their potential. This helps for the man to maintain the status quo.
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Symbolic Interactionism Perspective

A symbolic interactionist would view this as an effect of the actions the parents make around that child and the demands given for that child. For example, a young boy sees his father leave home for work everyday. Eventually, the boy wants to be like his father and asks his father could he go to work with him. At the same time, he realizes that his mother always takes care of him and rarely leave home. This life style would be permanently imprinted into his brain, and when he becomes a parent, he would expect no more from his wife and for himself to work for the family.
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