Here you can read the definition of family, the classification of family types according to Sociology.
Sociological definition of family
What is family in sociology? The definition of family according to sociologists is as follows:
“family is an intimate domestic group of people related to one another by bonds of blood, sexual mating, or legal ties.”
Georger Peter Murdock’s definition of Family
According to Georger Peter Murdock, family is:
“social group characterized by common residence, economic corporation and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes at least two of whom maintain a socially approved sexual relationship and one or more children owned or adopted of the sexually cohabiting adults’.
Definition of family by The United States Census Bureau
Below is how The United States Census Bureau defined the family:
“a relatively permanent group of two or more people who are related by blood, marriage or adoption and who live under the same roof.”
Different types of families according to sociology
In Sociology, the different families types are nuclear family. A type of family that usually consists of two parents
and their children.
It is also called ‘single parent family’. A type of family which has one parent with his or her, one or more children.
It is type of family with which consists of near relatives like grandparents, uncles, aunts in addition to two parents and their children.
It is also called as ‘forgotten family’. A family with only one couple who does not have children, living as husband and wife together, in one household.
Step family or reconstituted family
A family formed newly by the remarrying of divorcees which can consist of children from their early relationships.
A family with only one individual who choose to live alone.
A family usually formed by an unmarried couple who chose to live together without getting married formally.
Other family types
The remaining family types according to sociology are bean pole family, empty shell marriage, neo-conventional family and negotiated family