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June 25, 2013 / C H Thompson

Classic Extended Family

As we have read, the classic extended family consisted of male head of the family, his


wife and children, his ageing parents (who will have passed on the farm).

Together they worked as a productive unit producing the things needed to sustain the family’s survival. The key point is the kin relationship during this period is one of binding obligations. The obligation of carrying on working on the farm for the family’s survival.

Return to pre-industrial families

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