The family: Key terms

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Arranged marriage
When parents choose who their son or daughter will marry.
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Bigamy
Marrying a person when already legally married to someone else
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Child centred family
A family that prioritises the needs of the children, investing time, attention and money in their interests.
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Classic extended family
Relations beyond the nuclear family living in the same household. May be vertical or horizontal.
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Conjugal roles
The roles of the partners in a marriage in relation to domestic duties.
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Cohabitation
An unmarried couple in a sexual relationship living together.
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Commune
A self-contained and self-supporting community where all members share property, childcare, duties and accommodation. One of the few alternatives to living as a family.
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Division of labour
The organisation of work.
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Dual burden
Having the responsibility of two jobs.
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Empty shell marriage
A marriage in name only. Where a couple live under the same roof but lead largely separate lives.
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Lone parent family
A single parent with children.
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Modified extended family
An extended family living far apart but keeping in close contact through phone calls, e-mails, frequent visits etc.
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Monogamy
Commitment to one partner for life.
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Matriarchal family
Authority held by the female.
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Nuclear family
Two generations (parents and children) living in the same household.
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Patriarchal family
Authority held by the male.
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Polygyny
One man with two or more wives.
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Privatised nuclear family
A nuclear family which is home-centred and has little contact with extended kin or neighbours.
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Reconstituted family
Where one or both partners have previously been married and have children from that marriage.
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Secularisation
The process by which religion loses its importance in society.
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Serial monogamy
A series of long-term or monogamous relationships/marriages.
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Symmetrical family
Where authority, responsibilities and duties are shared between male and female partners.
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Beanpole family
When a family has strong ties but don't live together, even across oceans.
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Infant mortality rate
The number of infants who die before their first birthday (per thousand).
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Marrying a person when already legally married to someone else

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Bigamy

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A family that prioritises the needs of the children, investing time, attention and money in their interests.

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Relations beyond the nuclear family living in the same household. May be vertical or horizontal.

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The roles of the partners in a marriage in relation to domestic duties.

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