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Family Structure in Afghanistan

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Tyler Rice

on 18 October 2013

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Family Structure in Afghanistan
The Family in Public
When outside of the household, women are not allowed to be alone and are almost always accompanied by a male. The eldest male is the one that speaks on behalf of the entire family, even if there is an older woman.
Women's role in the family
Women's roles in the family include staying at home and taking care of children if they do not attend school. They also do simplistic tasks such as cooking and cleaning and almost never go to work, for that job is left up to the man of the household.
Family Structure in Afghanistan
Woman's role in the family
Family in public
Man's role in the family
Children's role in the family
Grandparents/elder's roles in the family
Afghan family structure is a hierarchical and male-dominated society. Women do not have as much say in household decisions. Although elders are the most respected members of Afghan society, a family in which the eldest member is female would be headed by the eldest male.
Men's role in the family
In the family setting, the male of the household is expected to represent the voice of the household with the decisions they make. The men are also the ones that leave home to do the work that brings in income.
Children's role in the family
Children in Afghanistan take care of each other and respect the elder male. They sometimes attend school and the eldest male child makes decisions for the household if the normal decision maker is not present to do so.
Grandparent's/elder's role in the family
Elders are the most respected members of Afghan society. Even if a female is older than the eldest male, he will be expected to make decisions and be the voice of the family in society.
Family structure in Afghanistan is very similar to that of older tribes, suggesting that traditions and preserving their way of life is very important to them.
Works cited
"Society and Norms - Family and Family Life: OVERVIEW."
The University of West Florida Academic Technology
Center, n.d. Web. Oct. 2013.

"Afghanistan." ThinkQuest.

"NATO in Afghanistan - A Family in Mazar E Sharif
(w/subs)." YouTube. YouTube, 01 Sept. 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.




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