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.

Families in Global Economic Context
Families in global economic context

In this book, I have defined families as essentially care institutions because they originate in efforts to sustain the physical survival of their members. In order to ensure this survival—and thus perpetuate the human species—families across the globe face similar tasks, such as how to distribute family work and economically productive labor; define the roles of men, women, and children; maintain marriage and kin relations; rear children; and effectively manage the family. Rules about families and marriages as social institutions evolved over time within the context of changing economic circumstances, ideologies, and political forces. These rules are typically encoded in laws and policies, so the meaning of the family is socially constructed. While recognizing the intersection ...

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