For this discussion board assignment, you should start with a brief summary of Chapter 13. Your summary should be about 100-150 words and the major response should be at least 150 words so in total your discussion post should be at least 250 words. Then, write a response to one the following major post questions.

Major Post Question Options (Please select at least one question from the list below):

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  • Given the dramatic decline in the average size, and the social functions of the family, can we reasonably infer that the family will become extinct in industrial societies in the near future? Why? or Why not?
  • What are some of the most important ways in which industrialization has affected, and changed, the structure of families?
  • Major technological advances in the past (e.g., horticulture, agriculture) raised the standard of living of the average person little if at all; yet, in industrial societies, the standard of living of the average person has risen substantially. What are some of the most important reasons for this difference?
  • What are some of the important social consequences of the fact that people in industrial societies no longer work in or around their own homes?

Major Post: Your original post should be at least 150 substantive words.  When answering the question(s), you should attempt to critically engage with the literature. This means going beyond a summary of what the textbook says about the topic. Rather, you should use that as a starting point for your own contribution.

Minor Posts: You must also respond to at least two (2) of your classmates’ posts in a substantive manner.  Response posts should be at least 150 words each.  It is not acceptable to repeat information from your original post in your response post to a classmate. Your response posts should propel the conversation started by your classmate forward. Posts consisting only of “I agree” or “Hello X, I enjoyed your post,” and so forth will receive no credit.