matrifocal family


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matrifocal family

[mat′rifō′kəl]
Etymology: L, mater, mother, focus, hearth, familia, household
a family unit composed of a mother and her children. Biological fathers may have a temporary place in the family during the first years of the children's lives, but they maintain a more permanent position in their own original families.
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The matrifocal family and patriarchal ideology in Cuba and the Caribbean.
Smith, whose focus on the developmental cycles of matrifocal family types was for M.
A number of theories have been put forward to explain the existence of the matrifocal family in Jamaica.
The matrifocal family is often taken to be one of its main consequences (Cumper 1958; Clarke 1972).
The matrifocal family that developed within the Cuban working class grew out of slavery in which women were expected to fend for themselves and their children.
SAFA, Helen (2008) "The Matrifocal Family and Patriarchal Ideology in Cuba and the Caribbean".
In these cases, the relationship between a father and his children complemented the matrifocal family that has been the subject of much debate for post-emancipation societies in the Americas.
Alternative models of family, including a matrifocal family or a single-parent household, are rendered pathological.
Studies of matrilineal status relationships and extended matrifocal family groupings would seem to offer possible alternatives to Gans's originary scenes.