Family Structures And Social Aspects Of My Family

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Through interviews and conversations with my family members, I have analyzed aspects of their social lives and connected them to social influences. There are certainly major differences in the family structure between my grandparents and my parents because of social events such as the second world war, the Vietnamese war, and economic trends. Furthermore, the diversity created by generational differences is present in my parent’s educational attitude, marriage age, and many other factors. My family is a diverse group of individuals that has been shaped by social forces and involves incorporating social events and examining each family member to truly understand the foundations of my family structure. Going as far back as possible for my maternal …show more content…
They both grew up in West Virginia, and are currently still living there. Cork was born in 1942 and Joanne was born in 1945, they are currently 74 and 71 years old. My paternal grandparents grew up in a relatively small town, but it was a factory town and the boys were expected to work at the local chemical plant. My grandfather spent all of his life working at that chemical plant after he graduated high school, however, my grandmother never worked and was a housewife the majority of her life. They married in 1961 and my grandfather was 19 while my grandmother was 18. College wasn’t a goal, but marriage and a steady income is what was taught in my grandparent 's society at the time. They are very similar to my maternal grandparents, but the location has also influenced who they are. Just like my maternal grandparents they had three children and have been married for an extraordinarily long time, 55 years to be exact. Furthermore, my paternal grandparents grew up in a catholic church and have been catholic their entire lives. From my research into my family structure, religion seems to play a role in my grandparents having no divorces and keeping my current parents together from what my mother has told me. What I found most interesting about my grandparents, both maternal and paternal, is that they married so young and stayed married for such a long time. I believe that first, both …show more content…
My father grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia and my mother grew up in Campbell, Virginia. As mentioned earlier, because of generational differences between my grandparents and parents there are many aspects of their lives that differ. For example, while my grandparents only married once and have never divorced, my mother divorced once and my father divorced twice before they met each other and have been married since. Moving back a little, my father was born in 1961 and my mother was born in 1963, they are currently 55 and 53 years old. Moreover, my parents married each other in 1997, my father was 36 and my mother was 34. In total, my mother had two children, while my father had four children, and the only child between my parents was me. Furthermore, both of my parents today are Baptist, but my father converted from Catholicism to being a Baptist. Because of this, I believe that this transition from my father helped strengthen my parent 's relationship and form a bond that was not present in their previous marriages. Prior to this, as my parents were transitioning into adulthood, the culture in which they grew up was one that began emphasizing the importance of earning a college degree. Unlike my grandparents, my mother earned an associates degree and my father earning both a bachelor 's and an M.B.A. My mother worked the majority of her life in retail, at nationwide, and in clerical jobs until

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