A brief, impactful book that provides a contemporary analysis of how economics and social class affects the concept of family today
This book focuses on the impact of economic systems and social class on the organization of family life. Since the most vital function of the family is the survival of its members, the author give primacy to the economic system in structuring the broad parameters of family life. She explains how the economy shapes the prospects families have for earning a decent living by determining the location, nature, and pay associated with work.
The Evolution of Families and Marriages
Families are essentially care institutions that vary across cultures and change over time. Their essential function, historically, has been to contribute to the basic economic survival of family members; thus, the structure of families often adapts to the economy, and cultural ideologies and laws are created to reinforce that adaptation. Over time, societies grow and become more complex and stratified, and the nature and quality of life among families becomes differentiated based on varying economies and the particular position of the family within the economic system. Broadly speaking, social scientists have identified four major economies that have existed across the span of human history: hunting and gathering (or foraging), agrarian/agricultural, modern/industrial, and service/knowledge-based economies. ...