In the last third of the twentieth century, the nuclear family formed around marital ties and a strict division of labor based on gender, has changed to a multiple types of kinship relations. The word that best defines today's family, is the diversity, since the family now has a unique and exclusive meaning, including single-parent families and families consisting of same sex couples (Walsh, 2011). This new (or as some argue , renewed ) diversity of family forms has generated numerous comments and controversies about the consequences of these changes in the production of basic civic values necessary for social order. The changes in the family in recent decades have been truly impressive. It can be said with some justification that no comparable time, except wartime, has seen rapid changes in the conformation of the household and family behavior. It is noteworthy that every day increases the adoption of laws governing unions, the rights of gays, lesbians, and transsexuals to marry adopted in various jurisdictions in the United States (Walsh, 2011).
In conclusion this paper has shown my perceptions on the described topics. I have identified why the family is considered the most important agent in socialization. I explained the dramatic changes to the American family and what caused them. I explained the differences in marriage and family. I expressed my feelings on the trend of diverse families, and how a change in trends to traditional views would change women’s rights.
The concept of family has change a lot over the past decides. Not only this, but the notions of family are very different depending on the countries, but the idea of a family (mother, father, children) has remained the same. In the 1950 's the normal American family consisted of a breadwinner father, homemaker mother, and several children, all living in homes in the suburbs on the outskirts of a larger city. It was a narrow view of a model family, yet it saturated the media and was widely accepted as the ideal and most normal. Now a days, a family can be anything, form a single mother raising her boy, to a gay couple raising adopted children. The myth of the “Model Family” does not persist to this day because gender roles have changed allot since the 1950s, the involvement of technology and devices in the house, and children are now raised by a variety of caring adults.
"Families are essentially care institutions that vary across cultures and change over time. Their essential function, historically, has been to contribute to the basic economic survival of family members; thus, the structure of families often adapts to the economy, and cultural ideologies and laws are created to reinforce that adaptation."(The evolution of families and marriages, 2015)
Life was good again and order had been restored to the society. Because people were financially stable, families grew larger; women and men married at earlier ages, had more children and moved to the suburbs. This caused a suburban boom. Marriage rates increased drastically and divorce rates plumped. Marriage was a “fifty-fifty deal”housewives were respected and had an equal say in decision making. Flexible parenting was encouraged; there was no absolute way to raise a child. A child that had been nurtured with love—especially maternal love—reason and good parental example would grow to become a decent member of society.
“A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met.” (David A. Bednar) When it comes to a family it should be simply a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. Questions may arise pertaining to different types of families and whether they’re considered as a proper setting. When comparing family structure during 1950s to modern day three components directly interfere with the two and that is the advancement of technology, the economy, and divorce rates including teenage pregnancy. I feel that in general it is much
Baby Boomers make up an overwhelming forty percent of the population. They are a very large and influential group of people. In addition, they are also a very confused and somewhat depressed group who are facing challenges now and will face great challenges in the future.
As a societal unit, the family institution has become more individualized thus negatively impacting society’s future. From the 1930’s to now the family has disintegrated into a “unit” with no unity.
Everyone agrees that family is not what it used to be, and that is quite right. Ever-changing family dynamics and structure has made it extremely difficult to define a family. Due to modern shifts in mores and the overall attitude toward relationships and commitment, the ideal of the extended family has become extinct. Now, same-sex marriage, live-in relationship, domestic partnership, adoption, single parent, and cohabitation are becoming commonplace: the traditional nuclear family of husband, wife, and children is no longer the norm. Although the concept of the traditional family has been redefined, family is still the most vital core that shapes the identity of a person.
Watkins (2014: 5) details two common theories that exist in relation to the current trends in contemporary family life. The first and more pessimistic viewpoint is the family in demise theory, which states that the family has lessened in importance to the everyday life of individuals and its importance will continue to decrease. This theoretical demise in family life is claimed to be caused by additional workplace obligations, rapid pace of technological development, as well as the pursuance of indiv...