Keeping the Tradition Alive While growing up with no mother, any child will feel as if something is missing. Family time begins to become less important; while the family begins to drift apart, new lives within the family without any one truly realizing it. Whoever said that death and taxes are the only inevitable things in life was over looking an obvious third one: Family (William J Doherty). Family importance helps develop our community, and further generations build upon the roles set by the families today. A family is a group of people or the people you live with, a family is flourishing in a multiplicity of forms: single parent, stepfamily, extended family, and so on; ending up at the bottom traditional family (Press 51). The traditional family of the twentieth century consists of a working father and mother where neither stays home with children (Press 13). Many may still believe in the importance of the traditional family, but circumstances have not allowed them to live in one (Press 14). Today, seventy percent of America’s families are nontraditional. The most common family type is composed of either a two career married couple and their children or a single parent and his/her kids (Press 13). In fact, traditional family has never really existed. While a greater number of traditional families may have existed in the 1950’s, most families were not the romantic versions that appeared on television (Press 13). While traditional family is the family everyone wants, the traditional nuclear family is the choice of millions in America. In hindsight, the 1950’s families seem to have been overwhelmed with problems that went well beyond patriarchy (Press 23). Strong families represent the best path toward self-fulfillment and personal happiness. We should bring again to the cultural fore front the old ideal of parents living together and sharing the responsibility for their children and for each other (Press 24). During the past twenty-five years, the institution of the family has weakened substantially. Americans should recommit themselves to children and strong families; the family change of the past twenty-five years has tended to break up the nucleus of the family unit. Despite the dramatic nature of the recent social transformation of the family, many family experts are still reluctant to refer to the transformation of the family, many family experts are still reluctant to refer to the transformation as family decline (Press 17-20). Individual family members have become more self-sufficient and less bound by the family group, and the group has become less interconnected. The family has grown smaller, less stable, and has a shorter life span; people are therefore family members for a smaller percentage of their life. A great many positive aspects of recent family changes stand out as significant. Women have improved their status and are more likely to have more emotionally rewarding companionships. Everyone agrees that the American family is changing. Children are more likely to be left unattended, divorce rates are raising, and the number of single people in the population is rising. Basic family values have not changed dramatically, but the norms of family behavior have, in fact, changed. Where values are attached to beliefs, norms are attached to and directly guide behavior (Press 21-26). Despite the positive aspects, the negative consequences of family decline are real and profound. The greatest negative effect, in the options of nearly everyone, is on children. Because children represent the future of a society, any negative consequences for them are especially significant. We should be done to counteract or remedy the negative effects of family decline. This has two answers one is that a return to the structure of the traditional nuclear family characteristic of the 1950’s and the second is the development of extensive governmental family characteristic of the 1950’s that does a lot of things together has…
Lastly, many arguments are focused around family and the society of America. They altercate that a child needs both gender roles to grow and strive. That s countered with how there is an abundance of single mothers and fathers who do it on their own and try to provide their child with everything. So, I would think that a child who only has one parent, would feel lucky to have two loving parents, no matter the gender. Just because it’s not a “traditional family” doesn’t mean the love for that child isn’t…
in question .
Assess the nature and extent of family diversity in society today? (24 Marks)
Family diversity is any different family type that deviates away from the nuclear family (Two generations under one roof. Other family types include single parent families, the extended family and many others.
Throughout our lives we will find ourselves in a variety of different family types, for example when we are born we are likely to be in a nuclear family. However as we get older we might move into one…
I am an American, born and raised in the second state of Pennsylvania, by a traditional German family. My nationality means more than my random association to my home nation-state rather; it is my very being and pride. I wake up every morning to the sight of Old Glory, thankful that I am so lucky to have been raised as an American child, with the American Dream just an arm’s reach away. Many values that Americans share allow our country to stand out among other nations. Our country was founded on…
What is family?
Defining family is hard because there are wide ranges of family in this society today; however the conventional definition is that it involves married couple with one or more children. Most people are likely to describe the term family as a mum, dad and children. This is often seen as the typical and ‘common’ type of family. Most people call it “cereal packet family” however the correct team for this would be “nuclear family”. A research shows that this type…
Introduction to Sociology
Professor Robert Brym
27 Jan 2010
The Nuclear Family
The nuclear family is composed of a
cohabiting man and woman who
maintain a socially approved sexual
relationship and have at least one child.
In the traditional nuclear family,
the wife also works in the home without
pay while the husband works outside
the home for money.
The Traditional Nuclear Family
and New Alternatives
functionalism to our understanding of families` and households
Functionalists regard society as a system made up of different parts or sub-systems that depend on each other, such as the family, the education system and the economy. Functionalists often compare society to a biological organism like the human body. Functionalists see the family as a particularly important sub system, which is like a building block for society. Peter Murdock says that the family is very important and that it performs…
influential part of any culture, the family. Once you are able to comprehend a societies meaning of family, you will learn the different dynamics within in the families.
In African societies the “traditional family” can be categorized into three main categories;
* Polygyny: Where a husband his wives and their children form a compound family.
* Patrilineal: Where a group of brothers, sons, their wives, and their children form a joint family.
* Matrilineal: Where a group…
development. They believed that traditions can always be changed as long as the changes would bring a positive impact in the community. They started with making changes by accepting that a girl child could not only study until primary school, but could go ahead and complete her high school and even university if they wanted to. My grandmother said to me “Let education be your mother and father”. Women didn’t have such a chance. They were held by cultures, beliefs and traditions. Part of those were still…
The family is universal. To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this claim?
A family is defined in the dictionary as "a social unit consisting of people who are related by blood or law." There are many different definitions of family, some more specific then others; sociologists tend to use a more specific definition, which can vary according to the sociologist. There are different types of family; the more commonly known ones, such as nuclear and extended. Universal…
October 10, 2013
Will my family resume the tradition that we’ve always had each and every summer? My family’s summer time traditions were drastically affected by Hurricane Sandy. We were all devastated by this storm, after it all happened we couldn’t imagine what the after math was like. Our family’s memories were all lost, as a child sandy had physically taken away things that were unbearable not being able to see there, such as rides, games, and restaurants. New…