Family and Household Essay

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Family and Household      The word family comes from the Latin word familia which means household. This seems to be fitting since they both seem synonymous. In the dictionary the definition of family is a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head or a group of persons of common ancestry. The definition of household is those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family or a social unit comprised of those living together in the same dwelling. Even the definitions are very similar, yet they have come to mean two very different things in our modern day world. As time evolves so does the clarity of what makes up a family and the function of family and household are.…show more content…
     In the Dada tribe they live by a patri-local custom of always living with the husbands family. Although this custom sometimes causes problems between the woman and their in-laws it is still a practice that they maintain because having the men move away would threaten the economics of their community and their well-being (Abrams & Bishop 1994: “Family and Household“).      In the Asante tribe they are also patri-local, in the sense that the new wives must move and live with their husbands family but in their customs all inheritance is through the mother and they also practice polygamy so the fathers are often not involved with the complete well-being of their children. Because of this many mothers set up their own individual household and create work for themselves in order to earn something to give to their children (Abrams & Bishop 1994:”Family and Household”).      Both of the above examples provide examples of how family means different things but mostly because their culture has different needs than that of another.      The term household and how it relates to each culture is a little harder to define. In America household usually means the nuclear family and where they reside. Household is very independent and for the most part, does not
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