What is Family? A Question of Great Sociopolitical Relevance

July 13, 2013 by hayakhan  
Published in Marriage

The traditional understanding of family is still widely used, but no longer complies with the practical life of many people. Meanwhile, other life forms have spread that differ from the conventional model. This raises questions: What features are for the determination of families use? Or is there any suitable characteristics?

What is family? This easy at first glance to be answered is, upon closer inspection, not so clearly and conclusively not to be clarified. In the traditional understanding of family is a married couple who lives together with his children in a household. Family is therefore determined by five elements: the existence of two generations of two families, the marriage of the parents pair, family relationships between family members and a budget and economic community.

Understanding of this family is still widely used, but no longer complies with the practical life of a growing number of people. Made out and spreads have many life forms that deviate from this model. Examples include unmarried couples with children, same-sex couples who live together with the children of a partner or a partner, single parents and couples without children who do not live together, but are in solidarity and care for each other. Are the families? What features are suitable for the determination? Is there any suitable characteristics?

Different essential determinations of family

In the current socio-political discussion about what family is or should be, three different positions can be distinguished:

The first position is very much centered on marriage: family is only where a married couple living together in a household. Marriage constituted Family are from this perspective for the existence of a family is not absolutely necessary. As a childless marriage is considered family, a non-marital cohabitation with children is not.

The second position disengaged parenting in the spotlight. Family is a community of shared responsibility between parents and children and between children and parents. Or, more succinctly: family wherever children are. Marriage and household community are no longer constitutive of a family accordingly. Thus a new, broader concept of family, which are concerned only to the parent-child relationship contoured.
    The third position is taken even more open and takes off on living solidarity relationships. Family is therefore the most exclusive solidarity between two or more people that is focused on relative duration. In the presence of marriage and children, it is not on. This position has been little significant in Germany. In Sweden, Denmark and France are already applied in accordance with legal institutions.

The answer to the question of what family is, socio-politically very relevant, because it is determined that life forms are legitimized and should be considered as particularly vulnerable and worthy of funding. Solidarity, exclusivity, relative durability and reciprocity, these features can make a good foundation for modern notions of family and replace based on the Canon law and civil law rigid standardization of marriage and family.

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