The family is defined as the relationship of a heterosexual couple with their children. However, in today modern society especially across United Kingdom this definition is seemingly changing because of being surrounded by controversial and ambiguousness criticism from social scientists. It is quite important to understand that this definition of a family is known widely to every human society which is coupled by carrying out vital roles and function within a family. The other issue connected to a family is that of being house hold in relation to the industrialized society.
Traditionally, before work moved from home to factories, parents and their children lived under one roof and is for this same reason why many social activists are questioning whether this was the start of the nuclear family break up or change its initial definition (Sobotka 2008). In United Kingdom, the debate and criticism of the definition of a nuclear family started in the twentieth century due to constant increase in technology and globalization. Pioneer social activists gave the study that it is essential to the definition of family to be associated universally so as to fill its needs and functions.
Today, many couples in UK are finding themselves surviving without children which were not the case traditionally (Sobotka 2008). It is quite evident that the definition that a family is an association between a heterosexual couple and their children is lacking meaning. Whether it is defined from a sole prevailing perspective or as a basic unit perception, it still remains that this functional group should be of strong ties between parents and their children. In United Kingdom, the debate connected to the above defined description is centered one which is designed to fit needs of industrial society.
Research across this country greatly places emphasis on family diversity not only on designed cultures but within its historical period. In addition to this, sociologists across UK continue to point out that different languages seem to stick to different definition of family especially to suit or blend in their own culture (Bauman 2001). It is evident that many sociologists argue from different perspectives based on social classes, geographical regions, gender, religious and ethnicity point of view.
Currently, UK sociologists’ states that in future a family will be defined as intimacy and care between two individual who are not necessarily living under one roof. There is a clear indication that the heterosexual definition of what a family is just an intellectual imagination. In United Kingdom, it is evident that the extensive intimacy and changes within our household are been blamed for upward trend for monogamous being experienced today. In the era of institutionalization of what is known as non marital cohabitation has brought out the issue of homosexual family.
Homosexual family is where members of same sex marry and adapts a child so as to fit in a family background (Bauman 2001). Clearly, normative expectation normally displayed especially when two people embark on marriage, cohabitation and later sexual intercourse resulting to child birth has loss meaning to the UK youths. This age group engages in sexual activity as part to explore their strengths or because of peer pressure influence. The change experienced in employment patterns, increase ease in travel, increased divorce, increase in mobile living and lower mortality rates are being blamed to change in a heterosexual marriage and children definition of a family.