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Many types of family forms have existed in different times and places. British society today is characterized by a plurality of different and socially acceptable forms; we should talk of ‘families’ not ‘the family’. Basing marriage on romantic love or sexual attraction is a phenomenon specific to modern societies. Commonly held images of ‘traditional families’ as large, closed and long-lasting are misguided and largely mythical. The strict gender division between ‘housewife’ and ‘breadwinner’, aspired to in the 1950s, masked enormous discontent behind the closed doors of the home. Globally, there is a general trend towards the breakdown of kinship ties and extended family forms. British marriage patterns are characterized by serial monogamy. South Asian families within Britain maintain ideas of family loyalty and strong familial bonds. More than any other group, African-Caribbean families in Britain are headed by single women who typically receive support from a network of relatives. Tensions exist for all mothers in managing their need for economic independence and their role in raising children. Women continue to undertake more housework, care and emotional labour than men.
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