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The concept of “family” has evolved in recent decades. The intolerant view of a nuclear family, where a man and woman in wedlock have children and the male provides while the female undertakes child care responsibilities, no longer applies to many modern family units. So, what is a family?

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The sociological definition of a family varies depending on the type of family.
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Micro, Macro, and meso definitions

Sociological definitions for a family vary depending on the sociological approach.
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Context

Depending on the sociological approach, the definition of a family will be difference.

The Argument

A macro approach would examine the relationship between a family and wider society. Macro sociologists will define a family by its impact on wider society. For example, Durkheim would argue that a family is a stabilizing force in wider society. A micro approach would look more closely at the power relations and dynamics within a family. They might deduce that a family is defined by the relationships between those within the family. A meso approach concerns itself with the sociology of mate selection. A meso-level approach may determine that a family is defined by the romantic relationship between two individuals.

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Premises

[P1] Families appear different when examining them through a macro, micro, or meso lens. [P2] Any sociological definition of a family can only convey one sociological approach. [P3] Therefore, it is impossible to have just one sociological definition.

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