6) The decline of the classic extended family and the emergence of the privatized nuclear family

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A large change in the family in Britain is the movement from extended families to privatized nuclear families as the common type. This means the family is much more isolated from the rest of society, leading to less need for community. For example, instead of helping in the community families are more likely to do jobs around the house.

Reasons of this change:

  •  The need for geographical mobility – Modern society needs people who specialize in certain skills, so people with these skills need to be able move to where they are needed, this is known as geographical mobility. Due to smaller numbers the nuclear family has greater geographical mobility than extended family, so this makes the nuclear family more practical.
  • Higher rate of social mobility – Social Mobility is whether people can move up or down social classes compared to…


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