Family and Household Diversity

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  • Family and Household Diversity
    • The Classic Extended Family
      • The Modified Extended Family
        • Family members may live apart but still keep in touch with each other
        • Family stay in touch through social media, email, letters
        • Modern families find a way to stay in touch with each other
      • The South Asian Communities
        • Extended families tend to be larger than those from the UK
        • Extended family life is still an important source of strength and support in these communities
      • Traditional Working Class Communities
        • Close-knit community life
        • Long established communities dominated by one industry
        • Little geographic and social mobility
        • Children usually remain in the same area when they get married
      • The Beanpole Family
        • Great grandparents
          • Grandparents
            • Parents
              • Children
                • Grandchildren
                  • Great grandchildren
        • People are living longer so there is an increase in 3/4/5 generation families
    • The MYTH of the Cereal Packet Family
      • Why is it so misleading?
        • The cereal packet family stereotype of a working father married to a home based mother taking care of two kids only makes up about 5% of all households
      • No longer the best and most desirable type of family
      • 'Natural family'
        • Stereotype
      • Traditional family life is being eroded
      • Households and families
        • Only 21% contained a married couple with dependent children
        • 12% lived in lone parent families
      • Families with dependent children
        • In 2013 25% were lone parent families
          • A number of these involved cohabiting
        • Same sex couples with dependent children don't conform to the cereal packet image
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    • Cultural Diversity
      • Caribbean families
        • 'Modern individualism'
          • Individual choice, independence and commitment based on the quality of relationships rather than custom, duty or a marriage certificate
        • Low rates of marriage
        • High rates of lone parenthood
        • Lone parenthood is higher amongst Caribbean women than any other ethnic group
          • Over 1/2 are never married lone parents compared to 1/10 white mothers
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      • South Asian Families
        • Extended family relationships are more common in minority ethnic groups
        • Based on 'old fashioned values'
        • Commitment to marriage, tight-knit families, strong sense of family loyalty, births within marriage, respect for parents
        • Women's roles as housewives, having a large number of children
        • Arranged marriages, husband's authority over wife's
        • Women look after their family full time
        • Married by 25, low divorce rates
    • Social Class Diversity
      • Modified  extended families more common in working class
      • Privatized nuclear families more common in middle class
    • Growth in Singlehood
      • 1/3 households contains 1 person living alone
      • Under 1/2 are over pension age
      • Growth of younger people living alone
      • Decline in marriage, rise in divorce
      • LAT relationships
      • Autonomy, freedom
    • Regional Diversity
      • The way life differs in different geographical locations
      • The highest no. of people living on the coast are those who are aged 65+
      • Older industrial areas tend to have more extended families
      • Inner cities have more poverty and ethnic minorities
    • Traditional Route
      • Living at home, leaving school, going into a job or higher education, then settling down

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