Five Distinct Types of Families

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Niccolo and Donkey

Taken from here :

Niccolo and Donkey
...And the rest of Europe?
Slavs, Balkanoids, and savage Balts, like bears, do not form families per se . More to the point, they are not Europeans and are thus correctly excluded from the map.
Team Zissou

This has got to be restricted to landed gentry.


I know a family who claim to be Irish decent. The three siblings lived with their parents until the female bought a unit. Then all three siblings ended up living there until one male sibling was forced to marry the female siblings best friend. The remaining male and female are in late 30's.

They have two elderly spinster great aunts who live out in the bush in a godforsaken farm house. Of their uncles on their mum's side, one looked after a family farm(different farm) his whole life so that the other could go and breed. None of it's planned but total Stem Family.

I find this article to be true to life. Additionally, it is very helpful because we tend to think of only two types of family, the communitarian and the nuclear. This makes it easy for people to mislead into believing that the two options are conservatism vs "the modern family"(of the TV show).

We are so easily used against our nature when led into oppositional mentality.

President Camacho
The "absolute nuclear" family zones also correspond roughly to some of the heaviest areas of Viking settlement... "liberal and unequal" indeed.

niccolo and donkey

How would you say Croatia fits into this scheme, traditionally? It appears within striking distance of 4 out of 5 of these family types, from Austria to southern Italy.
Niccolo and Donkey
You assumption is correct. Croatia easily covers every group but the last one.

For example: My father is one of three sons and has three sisters. The sisters married and moved and got nothing. Inheritance was equally divided amongst the three sons. One son stayed to live with my grandparents. This could have easily been all three sons staying there if not for economic circumstances. My father was actually working in Hamburg, Germany when I was born as my mother and I stayed in his house in the village with his parents and his younger brother (who remained there). So if economic circumstances were different, there would have been the need to build an addition to the home or a new house right besides the two old houses if we never emigrated to Canada.

My mother is one of four daughters and has one brother. The brother is married with six kids and his father lives with them in a floor above the house that they built in Zagreb.

So traditionally, I fall closest into the communitarian bracket, but even more authoritarian than is described because inheritance goes only to males. This applies to Croatians from the Dinaric Alps as we are very patriarchal and authoritarian.