The Extended Family in a Working-Class Area of Hamilton
Earlier writing in sociology held that kinship involvement would not be found in the urban environment. R. E. Park, for example, wrote in 1928: “It is in the cities that old clan and kinship groups are broken up and replaced by social organization based on rational interests and temperamental predilections.”2 It was expected that the household unit —the nuclear family —would be the only kinship structure found in the cities; the social and geographic mobility of an organized society would make contact between related households impossible. Distances would become too great.
KeywordsExtended Family Family Form Frequent Contact Young Couple Male Household Head
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