The Myth of the Model American Family Essay

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Abstract This essay, The Myth of the Model American Family, is a discussion of the concept of an ideal family in the different perspective specifically social, cultural and economic. This is also an attempt to identify the structural changes in relation to the global development and the international economic crisis that immensely created impact on their lives. However, the discussion will limit itself on the different identifiable and observable transformations as manifested in the lifestyles, interrelationships and views of family members and will not seek to provide an assessment of their psycho-social and individual perceptions. Introduction As the basic social institution families reflects the state of every nation, the…show more content…
Despite this condition the characters involved were able to confront the challenges that could have been easier to handle if tackled by traditional families wherein all the members are expected to participate in solving the crises. The Color of Families Ties by Gerstel and Sarkisian dis-organized than White families, but rather extended families have different roles in the different family lives. Extended family role is to the provide the family with something it needs. White families are more likely to receive emotional and financial support for their extended family, Black families' extended kin tend to provide more practical support to the families, such as babysitting and running errands. And on story they point out that family can be described as "disorganized" like "Black and Latino/a, especially Puerto Rican, families are more disorganized than White families" (62). But actually I think the reason is because of the income gap between races, Black families tend to have less money to give and they have both parents in the household working. These families need more people helping with smaller task in order to provide for their family.Gerstel and Sarkisian both make it clear that neither usage is inherently better than the other, but they do challenge that cultural heritages are the reason for these
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