The anthropologist George Murdock 's definition of the family over fifty years ago was, "The family is a social group characterized by common residence, economic cooperation, and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom maintain a socially approved sexual relationship, and one or more children, own or adopted, of the sexually cohabiting adults." The functions of family were considered to be: sexual, reproduction, socialization, and economic More recently, the sociologist Popenoe defined family in terms of recent social and economic changes in the United States, for instance, the increases in one-parent divorced and unmarried mother families, and homosexual families. Popenoe’s definition differs from that of Murdock in that the minimum number constituting a family is one adult and one dependent person, the parents do not have to be of both sexes, and the couple does not have to be married. The functions of the family are procreation and socialization of children, sexual regulation, economic cooperation, and provision of care, affection and companionship.
The types of family includes, the nuclear family which consists of two generations: the wife/mother, husband/father, and their children. The one-parent family, divorced or unmarried parent, is also a two-generation family. The different types of extended families consist of at least three generations: the grandparents on both sides, the wife/mother, husband/father, and their children, the aunts, siblings, cousins, nieces and other kin of the wife and husband. However, before discussing the types of extended families, an important distinction must be made be between the polygynous (one husband/father and two or more wives/mothers) family and the monogamous (one husband one wife) family.
Pakistan Families Throughout Pakistan, family organization is strongly patriarchal, and most people live with large extended families, often in the same house or family
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