The first of them is culture, which is thought to be fairly ample in social tradition. African American culture was constantly recognized by solid family relations, close transaction and backing towards one another among the individuals from their social gathering. Every one of these elements helps to characterize African American community from some other one. It is clear that culture is one of the crucial parts of individuals ' life that serves to recognize a community, and its principle elements of advancement. Black character improvement has been connected to the degree to which youngster’s partner with the cultural setting of being Black.
Though family and kindship were rooted in African American traditions for its use of “linking lineages and villages” (Goode, Jones, Jackson 155), it is also immensely valued for the reason that numerous African American families were broken up and disorganized for so many decades due to slavery and unequal rights, thus many families had to rely on extended family, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friendships to care for, and socialize their children, highlighting their perseverance to reestablish a strong family presence despite conditions where biological parents were absent. This still true in African American culture today, for multiple generations frequently reside in the same household to provide social and emotional support for the child if the mother and father are working or generally absent, as well as extended relatives, outside of the home, providing financial support, following a cultured valued belief of a collective community where many African American’s “pool resources for a common benefit” (Goode, Jones, Jackson 156), strengthing the family and community as a whole and improving the political and societal status of the group, while keeping racial consciousness in
In the 1950s, there were usually a specific guideline for what a family is supposed to look like. According to a Washington Post article by Bridgid Schulte in 2014, called “Unlike in the 1950s, there is no “typical” US family today”, the United States has since changed the family dynamic. In the 50s, the head of the family was always the father, and he made the money to support his wife and their kids, who would someday do the same for their families. The mother would almost always stay home to care for, feed and clothe the children as the stereotypical “Homemaker” that was romanticized during this decade. Schulte mentions that, “But perhaps what we haven’t fully understood yet is that today, there is no one “typical” family.
American Families Today The American family has undergone many changes since the 1900’s. More so, in the past 40 years, the nuclear family seen dramatic changes and has been described as deteriorating. There has been a dramatic rise in divorce, single parent households and child poverty. Studies have shown that children growing up in poverty-stricken single parent households are more likely to be affected well into adulthood. While this is the case, people are also living longer, and families are accommodating this change by living with relatives allowing for more bonding time then in previous generations.
A growing awareness of wife beating and child abuse also occurred in the early nineteenth century, which may have reflected an actual increase in assaults and murders committed against blood relatives. Families became less subject to communal oversight, and traditional assumptions on patriarchal authority were challenged, in addition, an expanding market economy produced new kinds of stresses, so the family could become an arena of explosive tension, conflict and violence. On the other side, African American family faced tragic suffering; various groups have developed different family strategies in response to their social and economic circumstances. No group faced graver threats to family life than enslaved African Americans. Debt, an owner's death, or the prospects of profit could break up slave families.
Native American traditional family composition consists of extended family members made up of blood and non-blood relatives. The nuclear family consisted of a woman, her husband, and their children. Many tribes practiced polygamy, in which a man had two or more wives, while other tribes were monogamous. Jonathan’s tribe practiced monogamy. Native Americans developed societies with well-defined roles, responsibilities, religious rites, ceremonies, social behavior in which group involvement, support and consensus plays a major role.
Introduction From the mid to late 20th Century there has been a visible and remarkable changes in family structures and dynamics (Cliquet, 2003). Most people experience society through their own early family experiences, and they grow up thinking that their family is the same as everyone else’s (Saggers and Sims, 2005). However, when entering school, the understanding and ideals of family structure changes realities when encountering; single-parent households, step- and blended families, extended families, same-sex families, childless households, parentless households and even the single person household where the strongest bonds are not with biological relations, but with intimate friendships (Saggers and Sims, 2005). The aim of this essay is to discuss how contemporary family and household structures have become more diverse. Looking at what was previously the ideal family structure and dynamics to what is understood today, what changes are there in modern families compared to previously accepted, and what are the causes of these changes.
However, it has been contended that the structures or types of families have come to change as much as the definition itself. The adjustment in structure goes back to the mid-eighteenth century when the thought of free decision and marriage for love and adoration succeeded as a social idea (Coontz, 2005:7). This weakened initial perceptions of marriage as a vital institution within which a family is built, making it optional, fragile and consequently affecting family systems thereafter. From that point forward, regular families have developed regarding expected gender roles, fundamental foundational structures, family relative communications and societal requirements. Today a basic family can have two fathers and a child or a working mother, a stay at home dad, an adopted daughter (of an alternate ethnical foundation) and a biological child.
A Caribbean family can be described as a close and intimate group surviving in a setting of intense experiences, understood as the primary group in social order (UWI course material, unit 8, pg., 19) There are different types of Families existing in our Caribbean Society, some of which are descendants of blacks, or whites, Indians and mixed who migrated to the Caribbean to work either as slaves or as Masters. They brought with them different cultures and folkways. Slattery, 1985 describes culture as a way of life of a particular society, its members, customs, belief, and tradition. They also had to adapt to the Caribbean environment through the adaptation process. This involved the mobilization of resources so that the systems can survive.
As discussed before, my household consisted of traditional gender roles, with my mother as the primary care-taker and house-keeper, and my dad as the provider. In my future family, I want, and am planning on have dual-income between my husband and I, as well as equally-divided responsibilities at home. The family style that this would entail would be a nuclear family, which according to the lectures, is when a male and female are bound together and care for their offspring (Anon. 2018 “The Family is:”). The difference between a traditional family (household I grew up in) and a nuclear family (future household) is that within a traditional family, gender roles are more prominent, and within a Nuclear family, the stereotypical gender roles (the mother is to stay at home and the father is to be the provider) seem to diminish, which can help to alleviate conflict and create for a happier marriage (Anon.