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Structure of the Family

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Structure of the Family: A Global View The way in which we define the family determines  the kinds of  family  we will consider to be normal or  deviant and what rights and obligations we will  recognize as legally and socially binding. Forms of the Family.  In the  nuclear family arrangement,  spouses  and their offspring constitute the core  relationship. In the  extended family  arrangement,  kin provide the core  relationship. Most Americans will belong to  family of orientation  and a  family of  procreation.  Descent and inheritance can  be  patrilineal, matrilineal,  or  bilineal,  and couples may take a  patrilocal,  matrilocal,  or  neolocal  residence. Most  societies are  patriarchal,  with some  industrialized nations becoming more  egalitarian;  none are known that are truly  matriarchal. Forms of Marriage. 
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