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a group of individuals related to one another by blood ties, marriage, or adoption, who forma n economic unit, the adult members of which are responsible for the upbringing of children. All known societies involve some form of family system, alhough the nature of family relationships varies widely. While in modern societies the main family form is the nuclear family, extended family relationships are also found.
ties by blood
ties by marriage
a relation that links individuals through blood ties, marriage, or adoption. Kinship relations are by definition part of marriage and the family, but extended muc hmore broadly. While in most modern societies few social obligations are involved in kinship relations extending beyond the immediate family. In other cultures kinship is of vital importance to social life.
a form of marriage in which each married partner is allowed only one spouse at any given time
the families individuals initiate through marriage or by having children.
the family entered as an adult through marriage and in where children are born
families of procreation
family where one was born and originated from
family of orientation
a form of marriage in which a man may simultaneously have two or more wives
a form of marriage in which a woman may simultaneously have two or more husbands.
a family system in which the husband is expected to live near the wife's parents.
a family system in which the wife is expected to live near the husband's parents.
two people living together in a sexual relationship of some permanence, without being married to one another.
the family performs important tasks that contribute to society's basic needs and help perpetuate social order. Sociologists in the functionalist traditoin regard the nuclear family as fulfilling specialized roles in modern societies
Funciotalist theory of family.
What are the socio-cultural facotrs driving change among families?
- changing status of women: smaller birthrates and higher family size.
- growing acceptance of divorce and cohabitation
- government policy: materrnity leave, welfare reform, divorce laws
romantic love plays important role in mate selection
neolocal living arrangement