Sociology of the Family

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Nuclear Family

  • Consists of two generations, parents and children
  • Adults are responsible for children who are there own or adopted
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Extended Family

  • An extended version of the nuclear family
  • Includes members from third generation e.g. Grandparents

Young Willmot

Argued that the family had had changed through time (4 stages), from an extended family to a nuclear family as a result of industrialization, reflected in the needs from society and time

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  • Is a dwelling where one or more people live
  • Contrasted concept
  • How does a household, become your household?
  • Does it depend on
    • how long have you slept their?

Heath (2004)

Examined young adults living together and forming relationships which aren't "family relationships", they are shared households

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