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symmetrical family

Definition of Symmetrical Family

(noun) A family structure in industrial societies in which both spouses work for wages and share domestic labor equally.

Example of Symmetrical Family

Etymology of Symmetrical Family

Symmetrical Family Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl ˈfæm(ə)li/
    • British English
      • /sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl ˈfam(ᵻ)li/
  • Syllabification: (sym·met·ri·cal fam·i·ly)

Usage Note

  • Plural: symmetrical families

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Works Consulted

Bilton, Tony, Kevin Bonnett, Pip Jones, David Skinner, Michelle Stanworth, and Andrew Webster. 1996. Introductory Sociology. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan.

Cite the Definition of Symmetrical Family

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “symmetrical family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

symmetrical family. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “symmetrical family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“symmetrical family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/>.