After reading the articles assigned for the week in your Ferguson text, fully answer the questions asked on each article.
The family in question: What is family? Is it universal?
The author argues that most family studies have focused on a functionalist definition of family where the unit is seen as fulfilling certain needs of society. What is the author saying about the current definition of the family? What is the issue with the current definition or is there one? Explain. What is your definition of the family and why? Is family universal? Why or why not?
Historical perspectives on family diversity
How did our commercial and industrial economy cause changes in the family? What effect did the Great Depression and WWII have on family? How did Native Americans, African Americans, and European families differ?
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