As a part of socialization and an essential establishment key to the makeup of society, a family is an item of analysis for sociologists of the family. Scientifically, the word family means groups of objects that are absolutely related.
There are different types of families, and they are in many settings. The functions and meanings of families depend on their connection to other societal institutions. A common family is a nuclear family, which also refers to conjugal families in North America and Europe. To sociologists, there is a difference between the nuclear family and the conjugal family. According to them, conjugal families are relatively independent of the relatives of parents and other families, while nuclear families are the ones, which maintain quite close relationships with their relatives (Haviland, Prins & Walrath 242).
Extended family is also another family, which can mean people who are related by blood, and can refer to people who are related, and their relationships extend beyond the domestic group and do not fit into the conjugal family. These families refer to the normative structure, which is found in society (Haviland, Prins & Walrath 242).
All societies show some differences in the composition and outset of families. Sociologists, historians, and anthropologists dedicate themselves to the understanding of variations, and changes in the family that result after some time. There is also another type of family called the bourgeois and is a family structure, which arises out of the sixteenth and seventeenth century from the European households. This family is formed from the marriage between a man and a woman under strictly defined gender roles. In this type of family, the father is given the responsibility of looking for income, while a woman has to take care of family matters. The huge transformation that led to current marriage in Western democracies was due to the religion-cultural value system provided by Judaism, early Christianity, Roman Catholic laws, and the Protestant Reformation.