Racial/Ethnic Differences in Extended Families

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“Racial/Ethnic Differences in Extended Families” is an article review of existing interpretive sociology research. Interpretive Sociology research using existing sources is the type of research involved in this article. A symbolic-interaction approach was given and qualitative data was used in discovering the subjective sense people make of this/their world. The article proves that culture sticks with a person and/or group for a lifetime and through generations. It directly relates to the non-materialistic part of culture and the beliefs and values of each group. The main concept of the article is to show that different racial/ethnic groups have different types of extended families.

The Asian-Americans show that their culture values responsibility. This also shows that families remain one of the most important aspects in their society; to them being a family member is usually what they identify with as the master status. Taking the elderly into their homes and watching over and taking care of them can be classified as one of their norms of everyday life. They don’t think of nursing homes as an option because they are accustomed to taking them in, instead.

African-Americans, on the other hand, don’t show much value placed in family due to the high rate of single motherhood. This can represent that the father does not have a tremendous sense of responsibility for their family and its members. While single…...

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