Working definition of family in this course: the social relationships that people create to care for children and other dependents daily and also to ensure that the needs of adults are met-luxton & fox. Carol stack: family is the smallest, organized,, durable network of kin and non-kin who interact daily, providing domestic needs of children and assuring their survival. Women entered the labour force and changed the concept of family ;equality seeking groups (women, gay, lesbian, trans) created new gender and family relationships. Definitions are needed to encompass the diversity of family pattern in ca. In this culture, people believe that biology determines family, our behaviour and personality. Nuclear family: father, mother and children or just the couples. Blended family: step-parents with or without children. Extended family: beyond the nuclear family (nuclear family + relatives) Census family: married couples with the children, living in the same dwelling.