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Section 1
What is Family?
· While `family' is hard to define most people have an idea of
what it should be like
· In most societies it is a form of social organisation for raising
children and supporting people both financially and emotionally
· Family has its origins in the fact that a baby is completely
dependant at birth and needs to be brought up to be an
individual. Families have enough love for the child to do this well
· The mother and father generally bond with the baby and share
the work and responsibility of brining it up
· Human beings have social and emotional needs that are also
met by families
· Not all families see each other or have a relationship with each
other. In the same way, not everyone who lives together is a
· Different groups of people who are related and live together are
still family even if they are not the typical ones. Examples below:
Man and woman living together for
10 years with no children
A woman living with her daughter
and her daughter's baby
Woman living with her sister
and her sister's husband
Two `married' men with an
Brother and sister living in a adopted son
shared house

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A Sociologist's View of Family:
` There is no definition of family that everyone accepts, but there is
agreement about the role of the family in society and what it should
do. It should be responsible for reproduction, socialisation, providing
affection and personal support. In particular, the family has a central
role in the education, socialisation and care of children'
· This quote sums up what family should be.…read more

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Very close emotional bonds exist within it as there are so few
people involved in the unit
· Parents tend to be more concerned with making a good home
for their children to have the best upbringing
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South Asian Families
· Immigrants to the UK have had a huge impact on the types of
family we recognise as common
· Traditionally, these are large extended families led by male
· Often, families lived together in large houses allowing them to
keep costs down and start businesses using family members
· Increasingly now, women are beginning to work outside of these
· Some try to keep to the practice of arranged marriages and
often the girls are very strictly controlled
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Section 2
How important is family to the individual?
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Section 3
Different attitudes to the family
3 changes to lifestyles have caused major disagreements in society.…read more

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However, divorce means that there are less unhappy
marriages.…read more

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Care of the Elderly
· This problem has arisen as the life expectancy in the UK has
risen due to better diet, access to clean water, improved
healthcare and medical advances
· The older people are the more they need help and care,
both in terms of their mental and physical health
· However, most people over 65 live a long way from their
· There are 2 main view on the way that the elderly should be
cared for:
Family Responsibility
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Section 4
Is there an ideal family?
· Freedom of choice in terms of family is now acceptable in the
UK but there are arguments for and against this
Argument 1: For
· A range of households is right for our society today.…read more

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They have also made it possible for homosexual couples to
adopt and have a more traditional family
· Varied families are accepted in society and the UK is much
more tolerant.…read more


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