We are in an endless pursuit of understanding the family life. Although we are guided by the norms and conjectures of sociology, but these theories oftentimes do not equate to reality. Are we a unique entity compared to others? Do these divergences and misunderstandings that we as a family experience happen to all? Do we really need a family? A way to appreciate our own issues is through comparison to other units. The media endeavored to capture the events that take place in a typical family setting. One such medium is through television shows that portray stories which give us insights about families. One of which is Brothers and Sisters. A television series that will grip your heart and eventually make you value the joys and pains of relationships.
Family is a social unit that binds people together through marriage, blood, law, and/or social norms. (Sociology A Global Perspective [SAGP], 2006) In its complex way to define family and the variety of family arrangements exists in the world, this is the most acceptable definition of all. This diversity came from the numerous norms that specify how two or more people can become a family. (SAGP, 2006) Therefore we have sociology of the family which is simply the study of the family entity from a sociological point of view. It revolves around the analysis of gender, social class, and ethnicity.