Family Is Different For Every Individual Essay

1586 Words Apr 19th, 2016 null Page
The definition of family is different for every individual. For some people, family is strictly between blood relatives; meanwhile, other people define family by the bonds they create among people they meet in life. To further explore the concept of family values, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my colleagues, Miss Stephanie Paleo, about what she considers “family”. Stephanie is of Haitian descent and was born in New Jersey in 1996. Both of her parents immigrated from Haiti with their families to the Northeast part of the United States, and her parents met in New York. They currently live in Douglasville, GA while Stephanie continues her studies in college. With her consent, we collected ethnographic data about her kinship and further analyzed her family based on genealogy, residence patterns, occupational information, and kin relations. Stephanie’s interpretation about family is what she defines as a nuclear family; her definition is comprised of a bilateral descent group and a combination of blood and bond.
Stephanie Paleo was born July 13th, 1996. She doesn’t have any children or is currently in a relationship. Her mother’s name is Marie-Sandra Stephan Paleo and she is approx. 40 years old. Her father’s name is Hamilton Paleo and he is also approx. 40 years old. She has a younger sister named Miriam Paleo and she is 15 years old. Her mother has 4 siblings: Jerry (late 40s), Vania (late 40s), Clunny (late 20s), and Lulince (late 20s). Her father has 7 siblings;…

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