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As a societal unit, the family institution has become more individualized and is negatively impacting societies future. From the 1930’s to now the family has disintegrated into more and more of a single person unit. A family in the 1930’s was envisioned to be a male-breadwinning father, a doting-homemaker wife, and several children. Yet understand while the Great Depression was rolling the family structure did not change. The husband went out and looked for work, while the wife stayed home and kept the children out of trouble. In Letha Scanzoni’s book Men, Women, and Change: A Sociology of Marriage and Family she observes that a wife’s duty was “to please her husband...to train the children so that they would reflect credit on her husband”(205). Alongside the wife’s duties Scanzoni provides the husband’s duty to “provide economic resources”(207).These expectations have long been changed, since then these have become common courtesies. Today, we see less and less of the providing father, homemaking wife and respectable children family structure. We are now seeing what sociologists call the senior-partner/junior-partner structure. Women and mothers are now opting for the choice to work and provide more economic resources for the family. This has changed those expected duties of both men and women in a family scene. A working mother more or less abandons the role of homemaker, to become a “breadwinning” mother, and the father stays his course with his work and provide for the family. Suzanne M. Bianchi in her book Changing Rhythms of American Family Life comments on the effect of mothers working and the time they spend in the home. “Mothers are working more and including their children in their leisure time” (Chapter 10), now that ... ... middle of paper ... ...Digital History. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. Nam, Charles B. "The Concept of the Family." The Concept of the Family. Center for Demography and Population Health, 2004. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. Scanzoni, Letha, and John H. Scanzoni. Men, Women, and Change: A Sociology of Marriage and Family. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976. Print. United States. Economic and Social Council. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.Family Social Policy and Development Division. By Robert Cliquet. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, n.d. Web. Oct. 2013. 2001, "The 1930s: Lifestyles;Social Trends: Overview." American Decades. "The 1930s: Lifestyles and Social Trends: Overview." Encyclopedia.com HighBeam Research, 01 Jan. 2001. Web. 04 Dec. 2013. "Samsung Smart TV TV Spot, 'Meet the Family' Track It." Samsung Smart TV TV Commercial, 'Meet the Family' Samsung TV, n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.

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