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The Universal Nuclear Family Myth The Universal Nuclear Family defined as the family which is the same everywhere usually the stereotype of Mother Father and Children all living under one roof is a myth Some ramifications in this myth include that a woman must marry a man and reproduce under one roof in one setting the idea that this concept of family is everywhere and that all cultures possess this The idea of the Universal Nuclear Family is so widely accepted due to the attention this type of family receives in the media and the comfort society seeks in thinking that there is one type of family spread throughout the world The truth of the matter is there is no such thing as the Universal Nuclear Family Who defines family Who decides what a family is the media The media has so much influence over our opinions that when we see Leave it to Beaver or Mary Tyler Moore we automatically think that this is what family is Families vary in membership organization life cycles kinship networks economics etc throughout the world Each culture has its own definition or maybe idea of what the ideal family is supposed to be Many cultures accept polygamy Some cultures have families who do not live under the same roof Families vary with the culture and society they are in At one time in this country people may have thought there to be an ideal family The perception people got of the media and of other families drove them to think that since this society has an ideal family mold every culture and society has the same mold One single family cannot represent all the variations of families in the world If people believe that there is such thing as a Universal Nuclear Family then they are unaware to the different variations of family in this society People who live in a tribe or segregated
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