Evolution of Families from Economic to Psychological Units One institution that can be found in every society is the family. Family is defined as, …a group of people who are related to one another through marriage, descent, or legal adoption. Family members have institutionalized roles that define what they can expect from one another and what obligations they owe each other ( Tepperman and Rosenberg 1995: 222). What this would seem to indicate is that families are very diverse. However, there are certain trends that are clearly observable in terms of how a family is conceptualized. In this essay the fundamental shift in the conceptualization of the family will be examined. It will be argued that when Western societies were primarily...The end:
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