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All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes
Posted June 12, 2009 to photo album "All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes"
Slide 6: Family as Contract
The Oxford English Dictionary dates the term “nuclear family” to 1924. But in modern history, what we call nuclear family has its origins in northwestern Europe during the emergence of an industrial and capitalist society during the 17th and 18th century, when families of two parents and their offspring became financially viable social organizations. Yet even then, marriage was less an institution to promote emotional self-fulfillment, than an economic contract binding together two families and their property. Holland, the birthplace of capitalism, is also one of the places in northwestern Europe where the modern family originated. Shown here is “Portrait of a Man and a Woman in an Interior” by Eglon van der Neer (17th Century).