Family: Organization and Interaction

Family: Organization and Interaction

Family: Organization and Interaction

Family: Organization and Interaction

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This book deals with sociology as applied to family life. It concentrates on the explanation of stability and change in the family. Its major focus is on the contemporary family in the United States.

I have chosen the problem of orderly replacement of family culture from generation to generation as the frame of my discussion of family life. This choice was made for strategic rather than ideological reasons. There is no implication of a desire for or belief in orderly replacement in the family. Instead, the tendency toward orderly replacement was postulated in order to provide a basis for examining the processes of change in family life from one generation to the next. Having made this assumption, I then ask: Which social arrangements facilitate orderly replacement? How do other social arrangements interfere with orderly replacement?

Though disorderly replacement might have been considered as the opposite of orderly replacement, the interference with orderly replacement is not simply the absence of continuity in the organization of family life. The study of change also involves the determination of . . .

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