The Accordion Family Analysis

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The Accordion Family was written by Kathy S. Newman which was published in 2012. Newman is a sociologists who studied the trend of individuals in their twenties moving back home with their parents. She studied this trend globally in which she interviewed different families. Her methods for her study was ethnographic interviews. From what our group interpreted from the book was that the term “accordion family” is when a household continues to grow over the years from kids continuing to live with their parents, or parents moving in with their children. Each part of the world that Newman conducts her interviews with families have their own cultural traditions. The certain parts of the world that Newman interviewed individuals were from Japan, …show more content…
In reality families have been living in this type of lifestyle for years. Elderly who were not able to take care of themselves move in with their children. Daughters and daughter in laws would be the ones who would provide and support for the elderly parents. Now that women (mothers) are working more, the care of elderly has begun to fade out of the homes. ( Newman, 37). For example, and older parent named Alanzo daughter lives with him to help with household chores, financial situations (13). When families live together it may not be because of elderly age, it could also be because of financial reasons. Families could have a change of jobs, income loss, and foreclosure. A lot of this activity can be seen during a recession (42). Many times adult children become so comfortable at home they choice not to leave because their parents are a safety net …show more content…
It creates ongoing negotiations over personal privacy, autonomy, and the extent in which contribute to their earnings in the household (Newman, 78). Traditions have changed over the years and aren’t as prevalent. Not everyone finds their significant other and lives with them forever. Some people get out of college and may find a low-paying job to help them meet their needs. People need to learn how to be independent by moving out of their parent’s house and paying bills, to know what it’s like in the real world

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