The Family And Its Changing Dynamics Essay

958 Words Nov 16th, 2015 4 Pages
The Family and its Changing Dynamics in Belize The family, in one form or the other, has been with us from the beginning of recorded human history across continents, cultures, and ethnicities. Among the many social institutions that make up our society, it is the most basic, and perhaps, the most essential. It is, according to Macionis, “a social institution, found in all societies, that unites people into cooperative groups to care for one another, including all children” (2012). In a sense, it is sort of a microcosm of what society represents on the larger scale. Traditionally, across much of the globe, families are usually built around marriage, including parents and children (Macionis 2012). However, what is considered a family, and who people consider to be their kin, varies from place to place and from culture to culture. Indeed, there are many different types of families, as alternative family patterns have become increasingly common throughout the world--especially in places like the United States--over recent decades, and it is considered the most rapidly changing social institution in the world. Like most other parts of the world, then, the family, as a social institution, in Belize is also rapidly changing.
Before the industrial revolution, the most common type of family was the extended family, or the consanguine family, a type of family that consisted of everyone with shared blood (Macionis 2012). For example, Grandparents, parents, aunts, children, and…

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