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So... which one is it? [Jan. 18th, 2005|10:17 pm]
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Definitions of nuclear family on the Web:

A family unit consisting of parents and their dependent children.
www.modernhumanorigins.com/n.html

A pair of biologic parents and their children.
www.kumc.edu/gec/gloss.html

a woman and/or husband and dependent children.
oregonstate.edu/dept/anthropology/glossary2.htm

A married couple and their unmarried children living together. (See 291)
highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072435569/student_view0/glossary.html

Consists of a husband, wife, and their offspring.
www.consumerbehavior.net/glossary.htm

A family comprised of one or two parents and their dependent children, all of whom live apart from other relatives.
www.sociologyessentials-2nded.nelson.com/glossary4.html

a family where only two generations live together (eg parents and children, but no grandparents)
www.ycc.ac.uk/yc/CHILD/wordglossary%20pages/cswordglossary_l_p.htm

Membership within household includes one man, one woman, and their children, if any.
www.accd.edu/sac/soci/gpimente/1370/Mort.htm

a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner
www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn
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[User Picture]From: dontkillmeyet
2005-01-18 08:18 pm (UTC)
Nuclear family? Don't want one of those. I live with my single mom, and occasionally see my dad, I'm perfectly okay with this, i dont them living in the same house.
Why is it called nuclear?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-18 08:24 pm (UTC)

a woman and/or husband and dependent children.
oregonstate.edu/dept/anthropology/glossary2.htm

Sounds like your family to me. :)

I'm a single Mom myself.

I guess because it's the bomb..

*slow, sarcastic clap*
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From: kiwioverture
2005-01-18 08:24 pm (UTC)
I think a more interesting question would delve into how that term was coined.

Was it a result of the fact that this was the most common household unit when the nuclear bomb was dropped?

Something else?

I don't know.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-18 08:28 pm (UTC)
A cookie to whoever finds out. My webs being testy, so I'm not going to search...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-18 09:10 pm (UTC)
Most definitely.
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From: hymn
2005-01-18 09:03 pm (UTC)
http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/2001/departments/2001_06_21/upfront_ground_zero.html

"The term "nuclear family" was coined by anthropologist George Murdock in 1949. It was the height of the nuclear era and the early days of what would become the Cold War. Murdock saw in atom the appropriate metaphor for heterosexual, married parents and their children, which were considered the foundation of society and a powerful means of reproducing the population. These same post-World War II and post-Hiroshima "nuclear families" were in the midst of producing America's baby-boom generation."
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From: hymn
2005-01-18 09:04 pm (UTC)
i don't want a cookie for my humble effort!!! no, instead.. i want to know something about you!

dundundun.


i'm not sure if you revealed this before or not BUT!!! what's your astrology sign?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-18 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have not revealed it.. but I will.

You all ready to make me a cake?

I'm an Aquarius.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-18 09:20 pm (UTC)
*GIVES YOU A COOKIE!*

Very interesting, my dear. Thank you for the illumination.
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From: hymn
2005-01-18 09:06 pm (UTC)

oo more interesting info.

http://slate.msn.com/id/112857/


"It was George P. Murdock, a Yale and Pittsburgh anthropologist, who coined the term "nuclear family." He did so in 1949, the same year the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. "Among the majority of the peoples on earth," Murdock wrote, "nuclear families are combined, like atoms in a molecule, into larger aggregates." Families consisting of married parents with children under the age of 18 children existed before 1949, of course; the nuclear family had been lived, if not described as such, for some time—since the Industrial Revolution, Marxists once proclaimed, though the historian Peter Laslett detected vital signs of the nuclear life as far back as the age of Chaucer."
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-18 09:23 pm (UTC)

Re: oo more interesting info.

That's really interesting. *nod* I remember learning some more about industrial England and France, and how often it was that parents would rent their children ouot and go and work in factories themselves. I can't even fathom.
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[User Picture]From: dogmeatnyc
2005-01-19 06:53 am (UTC)
I'm a product of a solar family. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-19 03:42 pm (UTC)
What does that mean? :) You got the sun in the morning and the moon at night?
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[User Picture]From: noblestride
2005-01-19 09:43 am (UTC)
When I was liveing with my folks...we were the stereotypical nuclear family. a father, a mother, a son, and a daughter.
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