The Filipino Family by Belen Medina: A Classic Text on the Sociology of the Family in the Philippines
The Filipino Family by Belen Tan-Gatue Medina is a book that was first published in 1991 and re-issued in 2001 and 2015 by the University of the Philippines Press. It is an introductory text on the sociology of the family in the Philippine setting, examining family structures and values in the context of an evolving society. The book covers topics such as family types, marriage patterns, kinship systems, family roles, family problems, family change, and family policy.
The book is based on the author's extensive research and teaching experience in the field of sociology and family studies. Medina is a professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines Diliman and a former president of the Philippine Sociological Society. She has written several books and articles on various aspects of Philippine society and culture, such as social stratification, social mobility, urbanization, migration, gender, religion, and ethnicity.
The book is divided into four parts: Part I provides a historical and theoretical overview of the Filipino family; Part II discusses the diversity and dynamics of Filipino families; Part III analyzes the challenges and issues facing Filipino families; and Part IV explores the prospects and implications of family development in the Philippines. The book also includes selected readings from other sources that complement and enrich the main text.
The Filipino Family by Belen Medina is a valuable resource for students, teachers, researchers, policymakers, and anyone interested in learning more about the Filipino family. It offers a comprehensive and updated perspective on one of the most important institutions in Philippine society. The book is available in print and digital formats from various online platforms.
Part I of the book traces the historical development of the Filipino family from pre-colonial times to the present. It also discusses the theoretical perspectives and concepts that are used to analyze the family as a social institution. Medina reviews the major sociological theories of the family, such as functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and social exchange theory. She also introduces some indigenous concepts that are relevant to the Filipino family, such as kapwa, pakikisama, utang na loob, hiya, and bahala na.
Part II of the book describes the diversity and dynamics of Filipino families in terms of their types, patterns, and systems. Medina examines the different types of families that exist in the Philippines, such as nuclear, extended, blended, single-parent, childless, and gay and lesbian families. She also explores the various patterns of marriage and family formation that are practiced by Filipinos, such as arranged marriage, courtship, cohabitation, divorce, annulment, separation, widowhood, and remarriage. She also analyzes the kinship systems that govern the relations among family members and relatives, such as bilateral, patrilineal, matrilineal, and cognatic systems.
Part III of the book analyzes the challenges and issues facing Filipino families in the contemporary society. Medina discusses the various roles and functions that family members perform in relation to each other and to the larger society. She also identifies some of the major problems and conflicts that affect Filipino families, such as domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, marital infidelity, teenage pregnancy, abortion, migration, poverty, and environmental degradation. She also examines some of the coping strategies and resources that Filipino families use to deal with these problems and conflicts. 061ffe29dd