The Role of Non-Traditional Families Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Role of Non-Traditional Families
An exploration of family relations today that highlights the role and benefits of non-traditional families.
# 145040 | 3,220 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper argues that non-traditional families are as much an asset to modern day America as any other kind of family arrangement. The paper considers the opposition of many to the different structures of families today but argues that the reality is the same; children are reared in a stable and loving environment. The paper reveals that many non-traditional families adopt special needs children that helps toward the greater inclusiveness of society in general. The paper believes that women should be socialized to place a greater emphasis on the importance of a child possessing a loving home, as opposed to a stereotypically acceptable one.

From the Paper:

"The family is central to human culture, yet the family, like so much else in modern society is changing. In times past, the family could be easily defined. It consisted of a married father, mother, and their children. Sometimes the definition allowed for the remnants of that same grouping - a widow or widower and the children of the marriage, plus any stepchildren or wards. Still others would have included among the family, a married couple living alone, their children either grown - an "empty" nest" - or a childless couple growing old together. Families performed both economic and social functions. Through much of history, and probably prehistory too, marriage was a kind of economic arrangement. Property was apportioned and redistributed, and new heirs to that property were provided. A family name or legacy was perpetuated. Love often played but a small role in such arrangements. Still, throughout time, there are many who have created families based on strong emotional ties. Many an arranged marriage blossomed in love, and in recent centuries, the ideal became that the married couple should be man and woman who had chosen each other for reasons of mutual attraction and affection."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brodzinsky, David M., and Jesus Palacios, eds. Psychological Issues in Adoption: Research and Practice. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005.
  • Hodge, David R. "Learning to Hear Each Others' Voice: A Response to Melendez and LaSala." Social Work 52.4 (2007): 365+.
  • Laird, Joan. "Chapter 7 Lesbian and Gay Families." Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity and Complexity. Ed. Froma Walsh. 3rd ed. New York: Guilford Press, 2003. 176-209.
  • Ryan, Scott D., Sue Pearlmutter, and Victor Groza. "Coming out of the Closet: Opening Agencies to Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents." Social Work 49.1 (2004): 85+.
  • Smith, Fred O. "Gendered Justice: Do Male and Female Judges Rule Differently on Questions of Gay Rights?" Stanford Law Review 57.6 (2005): 2087+.

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