From an anthropological point of view, the family is a group of people who are related to each other. This sense of family can refer to a group that consists of parents and their children, or it can refer to a bigger group of related people including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., who share common ancestry. Family is therefore a set of “people related by blood or by marriage” (University of Singapore 2012). As these biological links then widen to include cultural, or conventional links, family then become metaphorical. However, in the genetic order, as in the sociocultural or metaphorical one, family is an indisputable, essential, human value.
After evaluating the anthropological dimension of family, this paper argues that the primordial values of humankind were positive and inclusive, as they were inspired by women who give life and whose managing system is matriarchy.
Mbock, Charly Gabriel. Is the Family a Cornerstone in the World Development Process?. DOC Research Institute (2017). Available at http://e-library.doc-research.org/publications/detail/167.