UB APY 106 - Family Essay (7 pages)

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Apy 106 - Intro:Cultural Anthropology
Intro:Cultural Anthropology Documents

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Drop Box Assignment Two Zoey Rentz October 24 2013 Honors Cultural Anthropology Anthropology 102 INH What makes a family Traditionally in American culture the answer would be a husband wife and their children Interestingly even though people think of this conventional family definition in reality few families conform to it The definition of a family varies between cultures and may also be subjected to certain governing laws Without ranking one culture above another family can broadly be defined as two or more people related by blood marriage or adoption Haviland et al 2014 215 In most cultures the marriage between two people play a role in defining a family and there are many different types of marriages cross culturally The terms culture marriage and family are all interconnected and help to determine different types of families There are a few different types of families a conjugal family is formed when two people are married This couple may or may not have children The family is focused on the couple and their children The couple is without any obligations the extended family and they voluntarily interact with relatives An example of a conjugal family would be a marriage between a man and a woman and any children they may have The conjugal family is also referred to as a nuclear family Nuclear families are the smallest grouping of parents and their children The term nuclear family is usually restricted to parents children stepparents stepsiblings and or adopted children The nuclear family made up of a married mother father and their children was prevalent in the 1950s when about sixty percent of families fit this description In today s society only about twenty percent of families fit this description Since few members of today s society conform to the 1950s description of a nuclear family the definition of a nuclear family has changed The nuclear family is simply defined as small parent child units Haviland et al 2014 217 This new definition emphasizes the most



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