Family Diversity Essay

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A report investigating family diversity
What is a family?
Sociologist Brown defined a family as “a group of people who are related by kinship ties: relatives of blood, marriage or adoption” (Brown, 1998). But many people might argue this statement is not right anymore as this only defines a traditional family. There are many different types of family which include Nuclear, Cereal Packet, Extended, Single Parent, and Reconstituted. Over the years family life has become more diverse. There is a lot of evidence that there is no one particular family type in Britain. In this report I will be looking at the impact of diversity on the family; such as Social Class, Ethnicity, Sexuality and cultural differences in relation to family diversity.
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This is a very rare type of Nuclear Family these days because women have equal rights to men and they also have careers and are joint ‘breadwinners’ in the family.
Over the years the conjugal roles have changed and now most families have joint conjugal roles where a man and a woman share domestic tasks. "Different ethnic and religious gro groups hold quite different values and beliefs, and these differences affect not only gender-role conceptions, the internal family division of labour and child-rearing, but alsoattitudes to work and other social institutions. (Michael Young, Peter Willmott, The Symetrical Family, 1973).
This type of family involves additional family members. “Almost 36 million people in Britain now have experience of living as adults in the same home as another generation of their family” ( There has been a slight increase in the number of extended families in the UK in recent history because of the increasing number of Asian ethnic minority households in the UK. Such family’s structure usually consists of grandparents, parents and children. There are 3 different types of Extended Family: vertical, horizontal and modified.
Vertical Extended Family consists of three or more generations: grandparents, parents and children who live in a same household or nearby. People coming to live in Britain from other countries have helped creating greater family diversity. The increase of
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