Stage 3 - The symmetrical / privatised nuclear family
In its place is the privatised nuclear family form
Due to changes in the way the world is operated there has been a shift in the way the family operates. In the past it was more common for a family to consist of the nuclear family who would then have a close knit group consisting of friends who each had specialities to help the family exist and socialise there children. However in recent years there has been a decrease in the existance of this type of family and an emergence of the privatised nuclear family.
The Privatised and the Symmetrical Family - Education Forum
In The Symmetrical Family (1973), Young and Willmott argue that the main form of family used to be the classic extended family, but the transition to the privatized symmetrical nuclear family of today began I=around 1900.
They argue that the modern family (symmetrical family) has strong bonds between married or cohabiting partners, with the relationship becoming more equal on both parts. Both partners share unpaid domestic work, childcare and decision making and paid employment.
Privatised Nuclear Family– is a self contained, self reliant and home centred unit that is seperated and isolated from extended kin neighbours and local community life.Parsons, Wilmot and Fletcher have suggested that the structurally isolated family and privatized nuclear family or some form of extended family in contemporary Britain. Parsons this is because it is well adapted to meet the needs to both needs of society and individuals.A second major change in the family is to consider that the view of the privatized nuclear family. The privatized nuclear family is a self contained reliant family unit in which the family stays isolated from neighbours and their extended family. Leisure time is spent with the family and is very naive in their thinking’s about society. Parsons called this the structurally isolated family since it had lost many of its functions and links to social institutions. The symmetrical family, which Young and Wilmot argue that the main form of family used to be the classic extended but now it has made a transition to the privatized nuclear family. They argue that the symmetrical family have strong bonds between their partners. This is due to the sharing of both roles in the relationship such as house work and the cooking.