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Significant changes to families over the past 20 or thirty years.

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Significant changes to families over the past 20 or thirty years Introduction History of Indians -deep rooted values, caste sys, male head of the family, female 2nd class citizen,filial piety, children dependant on parents Family type (past) - communal activities-common pool of income, fund, expenditure, worship etc - classified by caste & residence - 1-19 per household - Joint family ( 3 to 4 generation), elementary , nuclear or individual type Functionlist view Roles - members of joint families bind by sentiments and they act together in political, ceremonial and ritual spheres by number of right and obligation Responsibility - each person has to enact several roles at the same time Norms - assumption role of Hindu woman - leaves her parental home and lives in her conjugal home together with the rest in the household as 2nd class citizen Hindu widow - she has to ...read more.

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literacy rate, more women enterent into workforce Gandhi's fight for independence of India and for women Indira Gandhi the first female prime minister of India Inner strength of women who agrees to kill their baby girl Significant changes & Why? Factors - increase in urbanization & industrilisation - socio economic political changes - joint family and nuclear family has been subjected to strain and stress has shrunk in size to secure food, rear children & look after sick - Great forces of fission, interpersonal relationships the family type became nuclear & joint/extended, nuclear stem, joint, joint-stem - Gandhi's fight for woman ----increase in socio economic development -increase status of woman - increase divorce and separation- --- supplemented nuclear families - Feminist movement emergence emphasized equality of woman - blaming the paternal society. ...read more.

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- question of practising norms , roles and responsibilities? 3) relation between wealth residential unit eg wealth confers certain social status in traditional hindu society - high degree of sanskritization is dependant on emphasis on the norm of residential unit. 4) injunctions embedded into woman's subconscious mind reminding us our inequlity Undesirable 1)Joint household is found only among those who practise agricultural & allied occupations 2) Sole bread winner migrates and the female with children stays back in their village together in joint family - for security 3) relation between wealth and the residential unit - arise of interpersonal conflict with differing type of roles 4) woman's assumed role - carer & nurturing, personal loyaly, fear, paralysing depression, economic dependency conclusion changes of family structure - macro level - socio economic background of the head of the family's impt role micro level - attitude and behaviour of the family members ...read more.

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