SCHEME OF PRESENTATION
➢ HISTORY OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM
➢ NUCLEAR FAMILY SYSTEM V/S JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM
➢ ROLE OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM IN SOCIETY
➢ ADVANTAGES OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM
➢ DISADVANTAGES OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM
➢ FUTURE OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM
A family is a set of human beings related to each other in a non professional manner, where love, care and affection are the most prominent human values which are responsible for maintaining these bonds of relationships within a family. There are mainly two kinds of family systems; one is “Nuclear Family System” and the other is “Joint Family System”. Nuclear family may be conceived as a unit consisting of a couple, children and grand parents. A joint family is a collection of more than one nuclear families that are interconnected by blood relations. Although due to some reasons, nuclear family system has gained popularity for the past few years, it has also led to increase many problems in the society. Joint family system has certain advantages over nuclear family system in today’s busy life.
HISTORY OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM
History of joint family system is as old as the human being got wisdom. Since very beginning even during Stone Age human being started living together. They made a stipulation among them that some of them would hunt or arrange food stuff whereas some would provide protection from the cruel beasts of jungle. They managed that all women would stay in the houses, whereas men had to work outside the homes.
Old ones duty was to teach some particular tricks of life saving activities to the new generation. It can be said that if there would no joint family system, no human society could emerged on the earth.
NUCLEAR FAMILY AND JOINT FAMILY
In a nuclear family system, we are unable to afford the privilege of sharing and downloading worries on someone, other than spouse, whom we feel close and connected to. This has led to increase in several problems in the society like depression and heart disorders due to highly stressed lives. In a joint family, as there are so many members, we have some, if not all, to share our worries, which lead to better solution of our problems.
There is another loss of nuclear family, which is more relevant to those living out of the country that is missing out our relatives and dears on celebrations that bond us to our culture and give us a sense of being at home.
Passing on the cultural values to our children in nuclear family is very difficult. Cultural values are only learnt and taught by them in action. In a joint family this process goes on automatically and children learn their cultural values easily because they have ample chance to see them in action. On the other hand, in nuclear family system, children are not provided with many occasions.
Passing on mother tongue to the next generation is also difficult in nuclear family system where parents try to settle separately from their relatives. The children of such families are not exposed to the maximum use of their mother tongue. This deprives them to learn their own language and their language becomes a mixture of mother tongue and the language of those people who are not their relatives but living around them. This is more applicable to those living out of the country, but also applicable to those who try to settle away from their relatives. In nuclear family system a person is physically far removed from family members and, as a result, he is getting disconnected from their hearts and minds.
ROLE OF JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM IN SOCIETY
Joint family system has been playing a key role in our society. It bonds the members of that family in such a relation, which helps in teaching them how to live in harmony with other citizens. Although it also has some disadvantages but its advantages are more. That’s why it is...