Family Forms Are Historically And Culturally Constructed Within A Global Context

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According to chapter eight’s introduction “family forms are historically and culturally constructed in a global context.” (pg. 433) This means that families are often influenced by social structures within their own society and globally. Families often reinforce existing relationships of power and thusly often reflect the society from which they originate. In the United States we tend to have a very cookie cutter notion of what makes the “normal” family. As we have learned families are a product of their environment to expect all families in the U.S. to have similar characteristics is ridiculous as, in fact American society is very diverse. The stereotypical American family is with a married female mom and male dad who love each other. They are likely Christian and will have two happy and healthily children and they will all live together in nice suburban home in relative finical security. The mom will do most of the household chores and her husbands career will be more important then her own. She will, of course, accept all of these things and happily dedicate her like to the wellbeing of her family. I would like to argue that this stereotypical ideal is almost never realistic. In order to navigate day-to-day life in the U.S. we each must weave our way through a complicated net of intersectionality that ensures some degree of inequality or privilege for everyone involved. In the documentary Tough Love we saw this demonstrated. Patrick a white male with a history of drug

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