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Changes to the Australian Family
A look at how and why Australian families have changed over the last two hundred years.
# 152773 | 1,407 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 28, 2013 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Sociology (General)

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This paper provides an overview of some of the most salient changes to the family as a social institution in Australian society. The paper looks at the roots of both the extended and interrelated Aboriginal family structure and the modern nuclear family and examines the causes behind these changes. The paper shows how there are many contributing factors and variables that have led to this modern family situation in the country, including political as well as socio-political factors.

The Australian Family
Summation and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"One can view the modern Australian family in terms of two general time periods; namely, the earlier period of modernization and after the Second World War. Some of the greatest changes to the family can be seen towards the end of the nineteenth century. This included many changes in attitude towards children and child care.
"In the past children has been viewed ostensibly in economic terms as contributors to the economic viability of the family. However they now began to be perceived more "emotionally" and not in purely pragmatic terms. This was to lead Factory Acts introduced in New South Wales and Victoria in 1896 which "...tightened control over the employment and exploitation of children in the industrial workforce and helped protect children from the role of contributor to the family income". (Sanson and Wise, 2001)
"This changing view of the role of children in the family also changed aspects of family structure, such as parenting roles. Children now became the economic responsibility of the parents. There was also an increased concern and focus on child healthcare at the beginning of the Twentieth century - all of which of contributed to more modern perceptions of the way that the family should be structured."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aboriginal Families and Kinship, viewed 12 September, 2010, <>
  • The Emerging 21st Century American Family, viewed 12 September, 2010,<>
  • Gilding M 2001, Changing Families In Australia, viewed 9 September, 2010, <>
  • Sanson A and Wise S 2001, 'Colonial Australia ? Convicts Era and Early Immigrants', Family Matters No.60 Spring/Summer 2001, viewed 12 September, 2010,<>
  • Singh A 1993, Australia--The First Settlement, viewed 12 September, 2010,<>

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