Marc Tool’s Social Value Theory and the Family



The social value theory developed by Marc Tool is a useful perspective to bring to bear upon the manifold issues of family, gender, and nurturing of children at the close of the American Century (J.R. Stanfield 1992). Tool’s theory, developed on the basis of the instrumental value theory tradition of Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, C.E. Ayres, J.F. Foster, among others, suggests that the principle of institutional adjustment is capable of clarifying the issues posed by this dramatic social change, thereby indicating the way forward to a more effective meshing of institutional practice with current social valuations and individual development.


Family Policy Life Chance Adaptive Culture Patriarchal Culture Instrumental Conception 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsColorado State UniversityFort Collins

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