Family, our genetic relations

Family, a Challenge winning photograph (ViewBug.com), this was captured in the heart of Norwich City, over looking a river. I had asked them to strike a pose and they certainly delivered.

The meaning of family

In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word “family”) or shared consumption (see nurture kinship), or some combination of these. Members of the immediate clan includes spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and/or daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and/or siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual’s specific relationship.

In most societies, the ancestry group is the principal institution for the socialization of children. As the basic unit for raising children, anthropologists generally classify most family organization as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a husband, his wife, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent’s family). Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo

One of the primary functions involves providing a framework for the production and reproduction of persons, biologically and/or socially. This can occur through the sharing of material substances (such as food); the giving and receiving of care and nurture (nurture kinship); jural rights and obligations; and moral and sentimental ties. Thus, one’s experience of one’s group shifts over time. The family serves to locate children socially and plays a major role in their enculturation and socialization. From the point of view of the parent(s). The goal of which is to produce and enculturate and socialize children. However, producing children is not the only function of the family; in societies with a sexual division of labor, marriage, and the resulting relationship between two people, it is necessary for the formation of an economically productive – wikipedia