Family As A Traditional Family

885 Words Dec 14th, 2015 4 Pages
“Family”
Language constantly evolves and changes as it is adopted by different cultures. Consequently, words have many definitions, connotations and origins. “Family” is a term that has changed over time; as a result the traditional definition of “family” is inadequate, and limited to describe the modern version of the term. Our society tends to attach itself to the “traditional conceptualization of family” better know as a “nuclear family” which includes a set of parents, and their biological offspring (Kompara). In America, known as a “melting pot” of all cultures and races, there are many implications for the word family thus there is no such thing as a traditional family. The traditional definition, which is limited parents and their children, can no longer be used to describe an American family because of our diverse and changing familial structures.
The word “family” dates back to the 13th century and is derived from Old French word famelie (“Family”). The word originally defined the relationship of “group of people living under the same roof, household [including servants] (1337), group of people related by blood, lineage (1442–4), a group of people who share a common philosophy (1658)” (“Family”). Growing up in a different country, my culture taught me an immediate family only consists of a mother, a father and siblings. But in America it’s not as simple because there are many variants of a family.
American families are the most diverse, encompassing gay/lesbian…
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