SOC 2 Essay 2

SOC 2 Essay 2 - Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Evans, TA Lila...

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Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Evans, TA Lila Sharif SOCI 2 – A03 07 February 2011 Sociology of the Family In the olden days, the nuclear family was noted as a “haven in a heartless world.” Today, the family assumes various forms. The family has influenced change in American society through various methods, including the spread of western culture and romanticism, and the migration from rural and urban areas. It has responded through a worldwide movement toward the nuclear family and breaking down extended kinship ties. According to the text, “Essentials of Sociology,” a family is a kinship that holds people together either through marriage or bloodlines (Giddens et al, 315). There are two types of family, including nuclear and extended families. A married couple living together in a house with their children characterizes the nuclear family. The extended family includes people who are related to someone but may not necessarily live with or interact with him/her everyday (315). Family is important because it is a source of primary socialization, where people learn from their family at a young age, forming a foundation of customs, values, and beliefs that help them navigate through life. Culture and socialization involves the family contributing to one’s growth and traditions. In Western societies in the 1950’s, marriages were often classified as polygamy. This
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