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I.2.4 Family, household and domestic groups


Def- two or more people related by blood, marriage, or adoption.

Forms- ranging from a single parent with one or more children, to a married couple or polygamous spouses with offspring, to several generations of parents and their children.

eg. Nuclear family, joint family, Patriarchal family, Matriarchal family


Def- as the basic residential unit where economic production, consumption, inheritance, child rearing, and shelter are organized and carried out, situations in which co-residents of a household are not related biologically or by marriage. It is always task oriented and consists of family or part of family.

eg. royal household,  household of rich and powerful patrons, an Israeli kibbutz (a collectively owned and operated agricultural settlement).

Domestic groups

Def-  “A group of people who habitually share a common dwelling and a common food supply” (Smith); thus, equivalent to “household”. Persons living in same house, not always family members.

It includes the concept of family as well as the household.



Domestic Group:

A group of people who habitually share a common dwelling and a common food supply.



 -they are living (and usually eating) together, and characteristically exercising corporate control over family property.



 -It includes the concepts of families and households



It is a group or groups of people reside in the same household. Its based on the relationship between household members.

 – Households may contain dependent and non-dependent children as well as members who are not part of the family.

 – A household consists of one or more persons living in the same house, condominium or apartment.

 -Its not necessary for members living together to be related.

 – A household can contain only one family for purposes of tabulations

 -it comes under the category of domestic. 

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