Good morning to one and all present here. Today, I’ll be giving a short speech on the topic of Joint Family.
Google defines a joint family to be, and I quote, “(especially in India) an extended family, typically consisting of three or more generations and their spouses, living together as a single household.” From this, it can be understood that this is a practice specific to India.
There are varied opinions on how many types of joint families exist. Essentially, Kapadia has laid down 5 types of joint families. They are nuclear (husband, wife, and unmarried children), nuclear with married sons, lineal joint, collateral joint, and nuclear family with a dependent (for example, a widowed sister). Again, variations could arise here.
A joint family, in a nutshell, is a patriarchal setup still prevalent in India. The head of the family, which in most cases happens to be the father or the first earning son, holds authority. It is a traditional form of living and is treasured by many.