Family diversity means that there are many different types of family in society today not just nuclear, cereal packet families. Sociologists describe different forms of the family, the two types of family diversity I’ am going to talk about are the Nuclear Family and Ethnic Minority families.
Nuclear family - this family consists of: Parents and children, the adults assume responsibility for the children who are either their own or adopted. An ideology presents a partial picture as being normal. Therefore and ideology of a particular type of family, such as the nuclear family, presents that family type as being the most acceptable way of being,
Sociologists also sometimes talk about ‘the cereal packet family’ (Leach 1967) - a certain type of nuclear - this refers to the image most people hold of the family. It is also the picture of the family that the media tends to present, especially in adverts. The cereal packet family comprises of: parents and children, the woman is a housewife and full time mother and the man is the 'breadwinner' i.e. he is the one who has to go to work to earn money.
Ethnic Minority Families
South Asian Families, people coming to live in Britain from other countries has helped create greater diversity in the family, the increase in the number of South Asian families in Britain has contributed to an increase in the number of vertically extended families.(this means that the family has three different age generations in it, e.g. grandparents, parents and children.)
West Indian families
West Indian households in Britain tend to have a higher number of lone parent families headed by the mother than other ethnic groups. The term for this is matriarchal (this means a female dominated family). West Indian lone parent families tend to have strong support networks amongst their female relatives. We need to remember though that not all South Asian and West Indian