Latina/o Families Sociology Help

Latina/o Families
Family support systems are also found in many Latina/o families. Referred to as III familiar this network spans a wide array of relatives. including a married couple and their children. parents. aunts and uncles. cousins. brothers and sisters. and their children. a familiar may also in Clyde compares (co-parents). palominos (godfathers). and marinas (godmothers) who are not biologically related to the family but become members of the extended family. Compares participate in the major religious ceremonies in the children's lives. including baptism. confirmation, first communion. and marriage (see Griswold del Castillo. 1984). Poet Cherrie Moraga (1994: 41) describes la familiar as "cross-generational bonding. deep emotional ties.It is finding familiar among friends where hood ties are formed through suffering and celebration shared:' However. sociologists question the extent
to which extended families and familial (a strong sense of the importance of family held by all its members) exist among Latinos/as across social classes. According to the sociologist Norma Williams (1990). extended family networks have been disappearing. especially among economically advantaged Mexican Americans in urban centers. Similar patterns have been observed among Puerto Rican families. a trend that is not always pleasing to older family members such as Gloria Santos: [My son and daughter] both have good salaries but
call me only once or twice a month. I hardly know my grandchildren children .... They only visit' me once a year and only for one or two days. I've told my daughter that instead of sending It money she could call me more often. I was a good mother and worked hard in order for them to get a good education and have everything. AlII expected from them was to show me they care, that they love me. (std. in Sanchez Ayendez, 1995: 265)


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