Changing Structure and Function of Family: a Study of Indian Society

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PROJECT-SOCIOLOGY CHANGING STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF FAMILY: A STUDY OF INDIAN SOCIETY

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Acknowledgements………………………………………………………....3
Objectives…………………………………………………………………...4
Hypotheses………………………………………………………………….4
Research Methodology………………………………………………………………,.5

Relevance…………………………………………………………………...5 1. Introduction………………………………………………………………..6-7 2.
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According to Webster’s Law Dictionary, “A group of individuals who share ties of blood, marriage, or adoption; a group residing together and consisting of parents, children, and other relatives by blood or marriage; a group of individuals residing together who have consented to an arrangement similar to ties of blood or marriage”. Family is also termed as the basic unit of the society because in the most primitive societies the family is the only social institution (or clan which is extended kinship group).Within the family all the business of living was fulfilled. As culture grows more complex, its institutional structures become more elaborate. Family performed the economic production function, religious function and all other functions but with the development of society these functions were given to other institutions. The family then is the basic social; institution from which other institutions have grown as increasing cultural complexity made them necessary. The original Indian family has been described as a joint family in which a line of brothers, their wives, and children live in a common household compound with the men's fathers as patriarch. It is marked by a frequent co residence of nuclear families related along filial or fraternal lines, and by a strong patriarchal system with the seclusion of women. The joint/extended family is usually composed of three or more generations, living