The Madison family provides a clear focus on the mundane aspects of daily family life in Pruitt-lgoe - the round of daily routine, relationships with relatives, friends and neighbours, keeping house, and the style of life which these activities express. On the average, Pruitt-lgoe women estimate that they spend no more than ten hours a week outside the apartment, including all shopping activities, visiting and, for some, work. Men spend a good deal of time away from the apartment, whether they work or not; they average over sixty hours a week away from home. However much their situations depart from those of ordinary, conventional American families, the women of Pruitt-lgoe are bound up in the quite ordinary role of housewife. In Pruitt-Igoe parents often seemed indifferent to all kinds of obvious physical illnesses their children had - particularly infections, sores, colds, and the like.