Essay about Sociology: Dramatic Changes To the American Family

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Families have changed greatly over the past 60 years, and they continue to become more diverse.
Why the family is considered the most important agent of socialization? What caused the dramatic changes to the American family? What are those changes? Describe the differences in marriage and family life that are linked to class, race, gender, and personal choice. Do you feel the trend toward diverse families is positive or negative? If the trend changed toward traditional (pre-World War II) families, how would that affect women’s rights?

A family is a group of people consisting of the parents and their children who live together and they are blood related. The family is always perceived as the basic social units
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I will also discuss how I feel about the trend toward diverse families, and if the trend changed toward traditional families, and how that would affect women’s rights.
Family is the most important agent of socialization because we are formed by our families. The first aspects of our personality come from our parents. We interact with our family throughout life so there is always a constant influence coming from our family members. I feel the majority of the values a person has is influenced greatly by their family. Then when a person gets married spousal influence will naturally occur and when that couple has children the process starts all over again.
In 1948 the definition of family was Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality, or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (Kendall 434) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (Kendall 434) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the States. (Kendall 434) In this day and age people feel that this definition should be broadened to include what establishes a family. In our reading assignment the current definition of

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