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Italian Family Structure


Nicholas J. Esposito

This uniquely comprehensive study of the Italian family first conceptualizes family structure as a complex topic involving historical, political, economic, sociological, and psychological variables. It relates national and regional statistics to information from two families comprised of some one hundred fifty households. Esposito supports the hypothesis that at least from the late eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen eighties the Italian family was extended. The extendedness of the Italian family affected not only the economics and politics of Italy, but also the migration and assimilation of Italians into host countries.
Contents: This work comprehensively examines definitions of family structure from several disciplines, proposes a multi- variable definition, and applies it to Italian families to show their extendedness relative to other ethnic groups.