When it comes to family, there was no way to define such a word. Post-modern society has allowed for the diversification of the family structure, bringing today’s society further away from the idea of the ‘ideal’ family.
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In the article “What is a Family?” the author, Pauline Irit Erera discusses how families come in various forms through social, economic and cultural conditions. There has been an increase in diversity families within the 1960s. Babies were being put for adoption due to being a different race or ethnicity from their adoptive parents. Many women were put in jail because they were using drugs and didn’t have the ability to take care of their children due to the parents being infected with HIV. Children were being taken out of their homes and placed into foster homes. Grandmothers were willing to take care of their grandchildren with full responsibilities. Some women were giving birth and living alone as a single parent and offered greater satisfaction not being married.
Throughout history, the meaning of the word family has evolved from a simple commonly used meaning derived from a community dictionary. This simple definition once used to define family only meant “all the descendants of a common ancestor” or simply said “blood relatives.” The word eventually evolved to include spouses, which in turn, caused two different ancestries to combine as one family. Even after combining ancestries through marriage, the word’s meaning continued to evolve
Brinkerhoff, D. B., White, L. K., Ortega, S. T., & Weitz, R. (2008). Family. Essentials of sociology. (pp. 246&247) Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
As time had progressed the definition of a family has changed drastically. What one would have considered a family in early centuries has truthfully changed from what one would consider a family in today’s society. During earlier centuries a family consisted of a father, mother and their children; however that is no longer the case for most families in American society today. In American society families are defined in many different facets such as the traditional family, blended families, single parent homes and homosexual families. Regardless of the components of the family, one must understand that a family is a unit in which there is an adult providing the basic needs and wants of the children in which they have been entrusted. As time progresses America will continue to define and enhance the definition of the term family. Although society may continue to change and enhance the definition of society the traditional family structure that America was known for is slowly fading away as the concept of blended, single parent and homosexual families become the new norm for lives of many Americans.
There are many ways to define the word family. ‘For some it is easy to define what the family should be, namely a heterosexual conjugal unit based on marriage and co-residence.’ (Silva and Smart, 2004) Which follows on and connects with the definition that a family is "a fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children." (Oxford Dictionaries / English 2017) However, in today’s society, this definition excludes many other modern family structures. Another definition of family is ‘two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another and reside usually in the same dwelling.’
The notion of being part of a family is a very important part of cultures around the world, and the idea of family itself is a common theme in a large variety of entertainment media, but what really is a “family?” In Richard T. Schaefer’s 8th edition of Sociology A Brief Introduction, the word family is defined as “a set of people related by blood, marriage or some other agreed-upon relationship, or adoption, who share the primary responsibility for reproduction and caring for members of society (288). The idea of a nuclear family, in which a family consists of a married couple and their unmarried kids, fits in very well with this definition of a family, and is thought of to “traditional” family norm (Schaefer, 289). Alternatively, Urban Dictionary’s top definition of family provides a more broad view of the notion of family, defining it as “a group of people, usually of the same blood (but do not have to be), who genuinely
There are many different definitions about what the family is. Different theoretical positions influence these variations. For example, the functionalist sociologist George Peter Murdock defines the family as “a social group characterized by common residence, economic co-operation and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom maintain
The family form I am going to be defining is the nuclear and with reference to the historical perspective I will attempt to explain why this definition is problematic. Within this discussion I will also explore whether the nuclear family is a natural family form or whether it is a socially constructed one. According to Munice et al (1995; 10) the nuclear family is a “small unit produced from the conjugal heterosexual couple and their biological children. The nuclear family unit share a common residence and are united by their ties of affection, common identity and support.”
The family is an important social institution. The concept of family is found in every known society (Murdock, 1949:1). Anthropologists classify family as individuals related by blood and marriage (Haviland 1996:230); nevertheless there remains no universal definition of the family. The forms a family might take (nuclear or extended, polygamous or monogamous) vary across cultures and time (Murdock, 1949:1). It performs six universal functions to satisfy the needs of its members, such as, reproduction, protection, socialization, regulation of sexual behaviour, attention and companionship, and providing social status (Ogburn & Tibbits, 1934).
Most social research into the family has had an immediate moral purpose, to eliminate deviations like divorce, desertion, illegitimacy, and adultery rather than a desire to understand the fundamental nature of social institutions. In this sense the family seems socially unimportant. It is only the pattern of
The idea of “family” holds various meanings for everyone depending on their rituals, symbols, ideology, and situatedness in time, place, and culture. A biologist may define family as a group involving all descendants of a common ancestor. A criminologist may define family as a group of people united in criminal activity. A sociologist may define family as a fundamental social group in society consistent of one or two parents and the children they raise. Historically, people have considered a nuclear familial structure as desirable and most successful. Over time, sociologists have set out to analyze the social construct of family, and have come to understand that single-parent, homosexual, egalitarian, and extended families can be as highly
There are many different kinds of families within the society we live in today. There is the traditional family- a man and a woman, married, with biological children between them. But there are also many different kinds of families- adoptive families, families with only one parent, families with parents of the same gender, families with both biological and adoptive children, families in
In the surveys and censuses throughout the United States as well as globally, the concept of "family" has loosely been defined as a group of individuals affiliated by birth recognition by marriage or co-habitation (Fields and Casper 2001). Traditionally, members of an immediate family may have included a married couple, a son and a daughter, while extended family