The function and shape of the family were completely transformed by life in the industrial city. Support the statement with example.
IN the 18th century, the family had been a unit of production and consumption as well as of political decision making. There was a big change in the older pattern.
- Tie between members of family loosened.
- The institution of marriage among working class tended to break down.
- Women of the upper and middle class in Britain, on the other hand, faced increasingly higher level of isolation, although their lives were made easier by maids who cooked, cleaned and cared for young children on low wages.
- Women who worked for wages had some control over their lives, particularly among the lower social class.
- By the twentieth century, the urban family had been transformed yet again partly by experience of war time work done by women who were employed in large numbers. The family now consisted of much smaller units.