• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Do trends such as the emergence of the reconstituted family indicate the durability or weakness of the contemporary family?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Do trends such as the emergence of the reconstituted family indicate the durability or weakness of the contemporary family? In today?s world, cultures and traditions have changed and the modern individual is more educated and independent. As centuries passed by, the role of the family has also changed and with the factors such as globalization and everyday routine to implicate in our lives, this role has lost its important value. The traditional societies that use to be in the past are now over and the modern ones have taken their position. People nowadays are so busy in order to work and earn money that they cannot take the same care of their families as they use to do over the past decades. As technology and the way of life change, families evolve into something new into the society. The last century men use to be the breadwinners in the house and provide everything in it. On the other hand, women were supposed to stay at home and take care of their children and husband. In the 21th century the role of the women also has changed, as they have more rights to work and vote. Moreover, modern business women depend on their selves and not on their husbands as they use to. As a result if they are not happy with their marriage, they are able to pay for their divorces. ...read more.


After divorce or death of a parent, a single parent family can be formed. It is going to be very difficult for the single parent, as they have to take care of not only for all their children?s responsibilities but also of the house, as they have to get the money and provide everything. They are going to feel stressed and depressed all of the time because of the loads of work they have as they can?t handle it all. As for the children they are not going to be raised in the same way of a normal family, as it is of course totally different when the children have both their parents in the house. Especially after a divorce many changes are going to take place in the attitudes and the behaviours of children. Children might become aggressive, anti-social, have problems in school and their daily lives, and if the children were really affected they might have personal problems and depression which may need the help of an expert. On the other hand, an important question that must be answered is how the new family trends that have appeared in the society can affect the contemporary family? For example, the gay marriage is a social issue that shown up in the 21st century, as it has several results to the modern societies. ...read more.


The parents both have jobs and tend not to be at home for the children after school most of the time. This creates more freedom especially for the children as they spend a lot of time alone at home. This kind of independence gives the chance to these kids to make mistakes on their own without being warned about them. Also, this occurs when a boss type figure is missing and children cannot lead between right and wrong. A common example of how generations have changed is the family dinner, which uses to be a major tradition. Nowadays this kind of ritual has changed and families don?t eat together as they normally were doing. Examples such as this confirm the weakness in the modern societies, and once again job affects this aspect of the contemporary family. All in all, the importance of the families during the life of an individual is really important since the beginning of modern times. The role of the family in a society is depending also on the different cultures all over the world and their social impact. As Paul Taylor (1974) mentioned, ?all these issues show how family life in the 21st century has radically changed?. After examinations of the sociological histories through the years of areas like Europe, America and Asia, there have been some examples that provide the durability of the term of the family. Families such as the nuclear ones have been vital for societies like Third World where the households are really small and based on strict monogamous marriage. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Gender Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Gender Studies essays

  1. LGBT studies. History and future of same sex marriage in the US

    voters had enacted the initiative, Proposition 22 (also dubbed the Knight Initiative), restricting marriages to only those between opposite sex couples. However, because the proposition was an ordinary statute, it could be struck down were it to be found inconsistent with the state's constitution.

  2. Postponed parenthood: A modern phenomenon. Childbearing later in life is a growing phenomenon ...

    for, the strong psychological bond due to this closeness, and the time spent with the parent is rewarding psychologically. Indeed, providing care to elderly parents is in itself an important adult development transition (Ibid). Discussion and Interpretation Out of all the information regarding postponed parenthood, it is clear that this is an occurrence in modern society that cannot be controlled.

  1. The Figure of the Mannish Lesbian in Nineteenth-Century Sexology

    Otis suggests that this was not due to any inherent homosexuality in the girls, but rather due to the absence of boys. She even goes so far as to claim that the "difference in color...takes the place of difference in sex."19 Exclusively women's colleges were another institution accused of fostering lesbianism.

  2. Gender and its impact on contemporary childhood

    Children are born into society already with a gender without any opinion. As early as the ages between four and six children begin to become aware of their gender (Durkin 1985). Children as young as the ages of two or three show certain types of gender linked mannerism, such as their choices of toys and friends.

  1. What am I talking about? Where am I going? - The Canadian immigration policy ...

    Women have always had lower status than men, but the extent of the gap between the sexes has varied across cultures and time (some arguing that it is inversely related to social evolution). In 1980, the United Nations summed up the burden of this inequality: "Women, who comprise half the

  2. Considering the issues raised by John Colapinto, the author of As Nature Made Him: ...

    the vagina would certainly be the organ of choice to doctors, especially during the earliest of operations where procedures were still being developed. While Riemer?s parents were told that he would never be able to have a fully-functioning penis and would thus not be able to achieve happiness, his three

  1. How is the 21st century woman viewed in popular culture; subservient or empowered?

    Just last week Wal-Mart launched a makeup line specifically for girls aged 8 to 11. This makeup line named GeoGirl, ?prides itself on the all-natural ingredients...designed for delicate young skin...and even claims to be anti-aging? (Gail-Piorek).

  2. Debates on Contemporary Gay Culture

    would buck the trend of what was publicly accepted and therefore profitable. Whilst the practice of placing effeminate or camp characters into the movies as comic foils was commonplace in Hollywood right up through to the 1950s, European cinema’s increasingly risqué themes caused a shift in the output American cinema

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work