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This essay contains of the move from pre-industrial to industrial society and the effect it had on the form, structure and purpose of the family.

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This essay contains of the move from pre-industrial to industrial society and the effect it had on the form, structure and purpose of the family. And also the changes in family form due to industrialisation and urbanisation, and how social identity changed due to historical changes. In pre-industrial society the classic extended family was found in traditional peasant societies. All together they worked producing goods for the family's survival. In industrial society many people went from the rural lands to the town to work in the factories, this caused many extended families to split up, for a time people lived as part of nuclear families isolated from their kin. The effect of industrialisation on the form of the family was that the family decreased in size due to the men of ...read more.

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Britain alone he had discovered a Western Family in the Netherlands, Belgium and more, he found this family to be nuclear in structure. But Michael Anderson points out that Laslett had contradicted himself, Lasletts studies might have shown average household size to be under five, but he had also stated that the majority of population in pre-industrial Britain (53%) lived in households consisting of six or more. Also when laslett theorized the Western Family to be nuclear, Anderson collected evidence that extended families were more common in Sweden and considerable variation in Britain. Also the effects of industrialisation on the family structure were considerable, for example; long hours of work, in dreadful conditions, with low pay and no forms of welfare state. ...read more.

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Their social groups, class or nationality largely formed at one time people's identity, they are now more widened. The urban growth and industrialisation has broken down and weakened inherited rules and conventions. Individuals have become more socially and geographically mobile. This has freed people from the tight knit past where patterns were passed down, and created a way for other sources of meaning, such as gender and sexual orientation, to play a great role in peoples identity. In today's world we have opportunities to create our own identity. The conclusion of this essay is that about the decrease in family size due to industrialisation and the views on the household size, and also the purpose of the family which was to survive, included also is the social identity change due to industrialisation, where in modern day times we create our own social identity. ...read more.

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