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Lecture 10

Lecture 10

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HIST 2800
Linda Mahood

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HIST*2800 ­ History of the Modern Family Final Assignment  Victoria Steele: 0707097 The history of intimacy and more specifically the subject of family has raised a long debate  on   its   definition,   composition,   formation,   ideals   and   other   rising   issues   overtime.   Example  traditionally the family was defined as a group of people related in blood, marriage or adoption living  together. It was considered as the unit of the society and in extension the economic unit upon which  whole economies are built on (Emilio and Estelle 200). Over time and generations this definition has evolved to fit the modern lifestyles and societal  expectation. The evolved definitions attempt to resolve the building complexities that surround  matters defining the existence of the institution. Example of a modern definition states; family as a  relationship in which people live together with commitment, form an economic unit and care for any  young and consider their identity to be significantly attached to the group (Emilio and Estelle 371). Family Theories There are various perspectives on family that have been developed to outline the definition of  the role of a family unit in the larger society. Main categories of the theories include; Functionality  theories, conflict theories, feminist perspective and symbolic interactionism (Emilio and Estelle 165). Functionalism theories focus on the family as a crucial institution in maintaining the stability  of the society. They relate the structure of the family with the above stated roles. And further indicate  that changes in the family structures have broader implications on societal equilibrium. This concept  favours the traditional family of husband as the breadwinner and wife as homemaker (Emilio and  Estelle 200). The family functions are articulated to include; reproduction, regulation of sexual  behaviour, socialization, social placement, protection, affection and companionship. Conflict theories  emphasize on the social placement function of the f
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