Society determines what constitutes a family. In some cultures, a family includes a large extended family. On others, it is just the nuclear family. Does a family include same-sex couples? Friends? Adoption? People with similar views? Pets? Those are at least partly cultural determinations. I would argue that the definition of family is changing or has changed throughout the years in the US.
Society shapes family life in many different ways. It determines the social norms that we are all expected to follow. This defines how we interact with family, friends, co-workers, etc. Work is another issue here. The roles of women have changed over the years. Decades ago women generally stayed in the home. Today, most women work. This has completely changed family dynamics.
I didn’t really see this on other posts, but society affects family in that the cost of living keeps going up, and parents (and even children sometimes) have to work longer and longer hours just to maintain the status...
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