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  • n. A form of social structure in which the needs of the family as a group are more important than the needs of any individual family member.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tenets of the Familists.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The religious doctrines and practices of the Familists. See Familist, 1.
  • n. The tendency to live in families; that system of society which is founded on the family.


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  • The whole point of amoral familism is that among many of the world’s ethnic groups honesty to those with whom one does not have close kinship ties is not normal and accepted behavior. Blog Articles » Print » Amoral Familism And Baby Formula

  • Policies like the Australian baby bonus are termed "familism," as they are clearly designed to increase the number of children.

    The Case for Paid Family Leave

  • Cleburne also perceived immigration-driven amoral familism at the expense of Americans in the selective persecution of American teenagers by (unwelcome, to this American at least) Korean import and U.S. government lawyer Grace Chung Becker Blog Articles » Print » Amoral Familism And Baby Formula

  • Americans, who in general do not practice amoral familism, are easily driven from entire sectors of our economy by those more conscious of their ethnic interests.

    Amoral Familism And Baby Formula

  • Curiously, googling on this does not any more succinct definition: this is the clearest, but it does not address the fact that amoral familism could well be a highly viable social strategy when most of the rest of the population behaves otherwise.

    The Jeremiah Munsen/Jena 6 Atrocity: Who, whom?

  • She adds that young Latinas may connect more easily with a family or cultural tradition: "... in the Latino community, words such as comadres, sisters, or any other that creates familism has been predominant and more accepted than feminist."

    Marianne Schnall: Women Connecting Across the Generational Divide: From Gloria Steinem to Courtney Martin

  • But one thing is clear: by appointing two allies from a culture reeking with amoral familism, and saturated with ethnocentric discrimination, Obama has probably achieved his real objective: no founding-stock white men need apply here.

    Chopra passes - GOP Senators fail.

  • In his massive tome, Family and Civilization, he stressed that hope for the future rested on "the making of familism and childbearing the primary social duties of the citizen."

    Agrarianism and the Popular Education Culture

  • For Ginsborg, a central quality of Italian life is "amoral familism," a term coined in 1958 by an American anthropologist to describe the behavior of the citizens of a small, impoverished Italian town where he did fieldwork.

    Italy: The Family Business

  • Berlusconi has established "amoral familism" on a national and even planetary scale.

    Italy: The Family Business


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  • The tendency of a family to cohere as a group. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008