The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.
Chapter 6: The Contemporary Indian Family
The Contemporary Indian Family
Family is fundamental to society, as the society begins and ends with the family because of its special role in the processes of biological and social reproduction. The family as a social institution or as a primary group assumes a special significance, especially in the case of a traditional society. One can easily imagine how central the study of family is in sociology, particularly in the context of India. It is indeed hard to offer a generalized view of the Indian family, as the subject is quite complicated for the reason that Indian society is very vast and is characterized by bewildering complexity. It has numerous facets, and drawing of universal generalizations is an intricate and hazardous ...