Households and Family Processes

Authored by: Patrick Heuveline

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837


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The household is the core entity of Cambodian society. Households are connected by kinship ties but, to a large extent, operate independently from one another. Not fully embedded in social, economic or religious institutions either, the household arguably constitutes the only clearly identifiable unit of social structure at the local level. This chapter begins by locating households in the territorial space and the social structure. The next section describes Cambodian households, their size, and the kinship relations between their members. The final section discusses the typical developmental cycle of a household and the most common deviations from this typical cycle.

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