Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Question

In what ways can changes in social structure lead to changes in the family structure?

Answer

(i) A family can be Matriarchal or patriarchal with regard to authority and: dominance. For an instance, migration of men from the villages of the Himalayan region can lead to an unusual proportion of matriarchal form families in the villages.

(ii) Family is linked to the economic, politicals, cultural and educational spheres and changes in them bring in change of family composition and structure.

(iii) New entrepreneurial opportunities change the structure of the family.

(iv) Change in family structure takes place when a war takes place, people migrate in search of work or when young people decide to choose their spouses instead of letting elders decide or when sane sex love is expressed openly in society.

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