FAMILY and KINSHIP
Family is the Elemental Form of Community
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Introduction to the Module (Hub)
Documents Included in this Kinship Module
Some organizations can be either communities or families, or both
Families and communities have many things in common.
Indeed, some can be classed as both or either.
The sociological study of family life can inform the study of communities, and the study of communities can be useful in understanding families.
While families are usually limited to organizations which have relations of consanguinity (blood) or affinity (marriage and its extensions), increasingly there are alternatives to traditional or orthodox residential groups, making the definition of family broader, and more in the realm of both families and communities.
It is useful and revealing to combine the study of communities and families, both in terms of applied sociology, eg understanding methods of empowerment, and in terms of pure sociology; eg understanding their natures (forms and functions).
This module is not a true module in the sense that it has different kinds of documents for different purposes and different readers.
All are related to the sociological study of family and kinship, most are derived from my lecture notes, and all are intended to make it easier for a beginning student to understand the sociology of family and kinship
The sociology of families should be sociology, not social psychology or social work
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