Sociology The Family Key Terms

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Family
Consists of people we are related to by ties of blood, marriage, adoption, civil partnership or cohabitation.
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Functionalists
Scociologists who believe that each part of society has roles to fulfil in order that society can survive as a whole.
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A household
One person living alone or a group of people who have the same address and share either one meal a day or their living accommodation.
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Nuclear Family
A two-generation family, consisting of parents and their dependent children.
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Marriage
A legally recognised tie between a husband and wife.
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Extended family
Any family larger than a nuclear family.
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Traditional extended family
A three generation matrilocal family in which family members have frequent face to face contact.
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Matrilocal
Living with or near to the wife's family.
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Patrilocal
Living with or near to the husband's family.
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Neolocal
The couple set up their own home.
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Cohabitation
Living together as partners without being married.
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Divorce
The legal termination (ending) of marriage.
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Secular Society
A society that is not ruled by religious beliefs.
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Serial monogamy
A person has more than one marriage partner in their lifetime.
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Boomerang family
A family in which non-dependent children return home.
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Lone-parent family
A mother or father with their dependent child(ren) without a partner.
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Reconstituted Family
A family in which one or both partner has been married/cohabitated before, and has a child/children creating step-relations.
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Beanpole family
A tall, narrow extended family often containing 4 generations.
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Singlehood
Remaining single or 'creative singlehood', remaining single as a positive lifestyle choice.
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Conjugal roles
The role of husbands and wives or couples who are living together as partners.
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Housewife
An unpaid role which made wives financially dependent on their husbands.
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Symmetrical family
A family in which conjugal roles are similar but not identical.
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Househusband
A man with the main responsibility for demestic tasks and childcare, whose partner is the main breadwinner.
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Dark side of the family
A situation in which family life damages its members.
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Domestic Violence
Threatening behaviour, violence or abuse committed by a family member against another.
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Child abuse
Harm cause to a child or young person under 18 by an adult.
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Scociologists who believe that each part of society has roles to fulfil in order that society can survive as a whole.

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Functionalists

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One person living alone or a group of people who have the same address and share either one meal a day or their living accommodation.

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A two-generation family, consisting of parents and their dependent children.

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A legally recognised tie between a husband and wife.

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