31st March, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. The life cycle of a joint family depends on economic factors rather than social values. Discuss. [10marks/2014/GS-1] 150 words.

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  • Neha Jha

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    Joint family in India is driven by many socio-cultural norms. But practically, its lifecycle is based on the economic factors as:

    1) In the joint family, the prosperous ones can afford the ceremonial practices, whereas the poor one has to adjust for these
    2) The globalization has affected the taste, choice and preference of joint family . Today, people often choose their taste based on the media ignoring the values and practices of joint family.
    3) The contribution of each earning member helps the joint family to fulfill their living standard.
    4) It has lead to rural-urban migration. Nowadays, the nuclear family has prospered because of the monetisation of the relation.

    However, social values and social obligations still exist in the joint family. But, the kinship the joint family has shifted to the community based family like Marwari Community, Jain Community etc . and has developed itself in the modern era.