Changing Structure and Function of Family: a Study of Indian Society

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PROJECT-SOCIOLOGY
CHANGING STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF FAMILY: A STUDY OF INDIAN SOCIETY

Submitted by Prarthna
Table of Contents *
Acknowledgements………………………………………………………....3 Objectives…………………………………………………………………...4 Hypotheses………………………………………………………………….4 Research Methodology………………………………………………………………,.5

Relevance…………………………………………………………………...5 1. Introduction………………………………………………………………..6-7 2. Typology of Family……………………………………………………….8-9 3. Changing structure and function of family in India………………….......9-11 4. Factors responsible for the change in the family in India………………11-12 5. Future of family in India………………………………………………..13-14 6. Conclusion…………………………………………………………………15 7. Bibliography/Webliography/References………………………………..16-17

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our respected faculty for giving me such a relevant and informative topic for the project and for their continuous guidance and support.
My sincere thanks to my parents for their immense help and cooperation.

OBJECTIVES
1. To define the concept of family.
2. To understand the Typology of the family.
3. To investigate factors responsible for the disruption of traditional family. 4. To examine the future of family system in India.

HYPOTHESES 1. Family is the basic social structure of human society. 2. Education system and Family system has reciprocal influence on each other. 3. Urbanization leads to the breakup of the joint family system in India. 4. Structure and Function of family are interlinked with each other.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY The research project is descriptive and analytical in approach. It is largely based on secondary and electronic sources which includes books and web pages. We owe our chief source of inspiration to our respected faculty.

RELEVANCE No institution is more closely interrelated with other institutions than the family, but the direction of interrelationships is highly one sided. Other institutions affect the far more than the family affects other institutions. So it becomes important to study family from the perspective of changing society.

INTRODUCTION Family, as a reproductive or biological unit, consists of a man and a woman having a socially approved sexual relationship and whatever offspring(natural or adopted) they might have .As a social unit , a family is referred to as “ a group of persons of both sexes ,related by marriage, blood or adoption, performing roles based on age, sex and relationship, and socially distinguished as making up a single household or a subhousehold”. Aileen Ross’ definition of family includes physical, social and psychological elements of family life. According to her, family is “a group of people usually related as some particular type of kindered, who may live in one household and whose unity resides in patterning of rights and duties, sentiments and authority”. Again Gerald Leslie has defined it as “a group of two adults of opposite sex, living in a socially approved sex relationship and...
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