Unformatted text preview: What is a family? Difficult to define Varies cross-culturally Varies historically Under dispute in USA at present Biological? But adopted kids are family. Define family as part and kids? But some cultures include extended family (grandparents, uncles, etc.) Some groups have no real family (Shakers had separate buildings for men, women, eventually ended for obvious reasons!) Most common American definition = nuclear family (husband, wife, kids). But this is changing due to: Divorce Homosexuals lobbying for redefinition. “Domestic partners” legislation. Other ambiguities Secular M. & F. texts include living together as family. Dorm as big family? But shall we extend to dorm residents all the family benefits (and higher taxes?). Ideal family of 1950’s = one wage earner, both parents, children of those parents. Today this ideal is only 8% of families!...
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- Fall '10
- Psychology, Subsection of social psychology, Donald Ratcliff