Sociological Structure of Haiti People

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Sociological Structure of Haiti People
The past tribulation that Haiti as a country had to face from the long oppressive struggle was surpassed after they were declared the first Black Republic. While the population of Haiiti has touched 5 million by 1980, the bludgeoning crisis of the country has not reduced in any extent. People are still poor as the economic crisis has plummeted to the fullest point. The rural part of the country who lived rather a decent life also moved to the urban areas for search of livelihood.
Family Structure and Authority
Haitian people believes in large-family structure, the network includes large number of relatives and friends (Dauphin, 2002). In the rural part of the country, the family follows the concept of courtyard system (lakou) where a large group of unit shares a common space. Child-care and working are shared among the families living in the courtyard.
The urban concept of living is somewhat different from the rural areas, the ideas of living inspired by the western culture, especially for the middle class society. Lakou are also seen in rural parts of the city where there are concentration of shanty’s.
The Haitian family structure is primarily patriarchal in nature. But since the patriarch is often absent from the family scene because of work, the matriarchal system holds the supreme place to maintain and manage a family (Bijoux, 1990, p. 31). Unlike the patriarchal system that essentially prevails in the rural areas, the urban
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