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"How important are kinship ties in industrial societies." Discuss.

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"How important are kinship ties in industrial societies." Discuss. In small pre-industrial societies people rely on kin to meet most of their everyday need. The functional significance of kinship tends to decline in industrial societies where people distinguish between close relations who interact regularly and typically live together, and distant relatives, among whom there is often little social contact. Each individual belongs to a family irrespective of the type. It occurs that with a change in society so culminates a deviation in the social relationship between members of the nuclear family and their kin. Here we will discuss the importance of kinship ties in an advanced industrial society which involves the assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of such an association. We will also examine kinship ties in a pre-industrial society to show its uses back then thus illustrating its usefulness or lack thereof in an advanced industrial society. The family and kinship relations generally existed to organize principals of social life. This association between family members of common ancestry or a type of kinship group known as a lineage and also those in an extended family, they produced goods and services together, the profits being shared among them. ...read more.


In response to such Parsons argued in an article entitled "The normal American family" (Parsons 1965a), that relationships beyond the bonds of the nuclear family are not absolute difference to the premise of the isolated nuclear family. Further noting that such an occurrence would make the concept of the nuclear family to which the individual was reared in is implausible. Kinship ties outside of the nuclear family are a matter of individual choice, aid is seeked to certain degrees. Hence they do not form firmly structures units. Such is supported by Rosser and Harris Swansea's research. They believe the nuclear family is the basic structured unit of society and that although kinship ties aid relatives it only aids society minimally. (Rosser and Harris, 1965). However in some case kinship ties have shown to be important in advanced industrial societies. Bell has found that parents in middles class families support their children du ring early years of marriage in forms of loans and other expenditures. Similarly Allan (1985) who carried out the research in an East Anglia village found that thee was little difference in middle-class and working-class kinship ties. ...read more.


Although they would prefer financial aid from other relatives than a bank. Not only is the importance of kinship ties shown in its practical help, also a vast majority of individuals that is seventy percent believe that persons should stay in close contact with family members not only because of their uses to them, even though little similarities among them can be found.(Mc.Glone et al). In conclusion it has been shown that many of the researchers mentioned in this essay have come to broadly similar conclusions. They all observed that ties outside the nuclear family are still important, although it may not be necessary in every situation. Just like Allan (1985) said, contacts made in kinship ties may not be of great significance but family members still felt the obliged to make contact with each other. Wilmott noted also as he found the nuclear family to be partially dependent on kin that is extended kin, as a majority of the times they worked on their own. Noting further that people valued these ties as they still maintained them even though they lived far from each other. Hence we have been clearly shown that kinship ties still maintain some importance in advanced industrial societies. ...read more.

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