"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. Many behaviors are shaped by our status as kin for example uncles take up the responsibility of caring for kin in the occurrence of the death of the children’s father. Kinship ties were needed as a means of survival that is in pre-industrial societies.

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    Pre-dominantly isolated nuclear families are found in advanced industrial societies, this was found by Parsons and Bale in 1955. He believed that they are structurally isolated due to their lack of involvement with kin; as such associations are merely a matter of choice rather than an obligation. Nuclear families according to Parsons propagated as a result of specialized institutions such as firms, churches, schools and hospital taking over many functions of the family. Thus the family is no longer a unit of production as industrialization took over such functions occupied by the families in pre-industrial societies. To some ...

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