chapter  6
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INTEGRATIVE AND DISRUPTIVE FACTORS IN FAMILY LIFE

It would be a truism to say that the family is an essential part of our civilization. The way we arrange our families practically shows what our culture is like, just as a picture of the face portrays the individual. The family continues to be important all the time and accounts for much of the travelling we do. We burst out, emigrate, go from east to west or from south to north, because of the need to break away, and then we periodically travel back home just to renew contacts. And we spend a lot of time writing letters, sending telegrams, telephoning, and hearing about our relations; moreover, in times of stress, most people become loyal to the family setting and suspicious of the foreigner.