'The Perfect Family'
In a Western society, an 'ideal' family is stereotypically supppsed to look like;
- People are married once
- Maternal instincts are natural
- Only a stable familyt can ensure the successful unbringing of children
- The nuclear family is the best time of family
- No step familly
- All women want to have kids
- Father has biological kids
- Women are responsible for domesticity and childcare
- Parents stay together
Familial Ideology refers to the dominant set of ideas about how families are and what they should be like.
- Monogomous marriage - neither have been married before
- Privatised, nuclear family - Two parents living with their own, bilogical, dependent children.
- Maternal love - Mother is responsible for housework, childcare, nurting and caring
- Patriarchal - Male is the breadwinner and responsible for discipline
Edmund Leach (1967) stated that 'The term ceral packet family refers to a very specific tupe of nuclear family; There are 2 heterosexual parents and their own biological children. The father is the breadwinner and the mother is a housewife.
Diana Gittins (1993) believes that the idealised picture of the nuclear family acts as a powerful ideology defining what is normal and desirable so every other family type is seen as abnornmal and undesirable.