What is the evolutionary benefit of living in a family? Evolution is not
just about survival of offspring, but the perpetuation of the species (survival
of offsprings' offspring). Therefore the family offers protection of women
and children so that they may successfully reproduce.
In our evolutionary past, 'the family' would of been our extended tribe. We would live with mothers, fathers, grandparents, cousins, uncles, brothers, sisters etc. This is quite different to modern family structures. How has this change affected relationships, identity and education?
Ideas I would like to explore on this webpage are:
Different family structures around the world.
Extended families of our ancestors vs modern western family size (psychological effects, bonding, child raising, monogamy, pregnancy).
Family and Society, Religion, Control of Women.
The Open Directory has links to quality sites on Babies, Grandparents, Large Families, Multiple Births, Parenting, Adoption, Child Health, Childcare, Death, Divorce, Foster Care, Home Schooling, Marriage, Pregnancy, Run Aways, Christian Families, Genealogy and Law.
From the website: 'Family denotes a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption.
The structure of families traditionally hinges on relations between parents and children or between spouses. Consequently, there are three major types of family: matrifocal, consanguineal and conjugal.
A matrifocal family consists of a mother and her children. Generally, these children are her biological offspring, although adoption of children is a practice in nearly every society. This kind of family is common where women have the resources to rear their children by themselves, or where men are more mobile than women.
A consanguineal family consists of a mother and her children, and other people - usually the family of the mother. This kind of family is common where mothers do not have the resources to rear their children on their own, and especially where property is inherited. When important property is owned by men, consanguineal families commonly consist of a husband and wife, their children and other members of the husband's family.
A conjugal family consists of one or more mothers and their children, and/or one or more spouses (usually husbands). This kind of family is common where men desire to assert control over children, or where there is a sexual division of labor requiring the participation of both men and women, and where families are relatively mobile."
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