Changing American Family Socialization

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Have you ever wondered where the saying “you can choose your friends, but not your family” or “blood is thicker than water” to describe family? Family is considered the most important agent of socialization, because this is where you first learn about your social institution and group (social class, racial and ethnic group) which shapes you and your personality, views, values and morals. A family’s beliefs, morals, ethics, and values are taught from the moment we are born, our life is affected by our family orientation. “Family is the “natural” and “fundamental” group unit of society” (Kendall, Diana. 2015, 2017. p.429).
The dramatic change to the American family is and will forever continue to transform. These changes will continue to be
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Nevertheless, the most intriguing aspect of the changing American family is the traditional token of “marriage” which is no longer the norm. “The number of married households in the United States have been in a downward trend since the 1970s, when married couples made up 71 percent of all households, to 2014 when less than half of all U.S. households were composed of married couples” (Kendall, Diana. 2015, 2017. p.439). You are finding people who remain single by choice, due not finding the right partner. Some scholars have concluded that the people who prefer to remain single hold more individualistic values are less family oriented than those who choose to marry. (Kendall, Diana. 2015, 2017. P.446). This preference I find to be very intriguing, due to most people wanting to belong and have companionship.
We will take a look how marriage and family life is linked to class, race, gender, and personal choice. Family is described and/or defined as a relationship in which people live together with commitment, forming an economic unit and caring for the young. We will consider the family and their identity to be
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2015, 2017. p. 451). I believe that the trend towards “diverse families” is the future and will continue to be a positive trend. By doing so, this will help society to assimilate and become open minded in regards to accepting the “new” definition of what a family consist of, rather than continuing to base it off the Leave It to Beaver

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