iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Episode 2 - Mexico

Play now 25 mins

Episode 2 - Mexico

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 March 2011

Far from being in decline, as western newspaper headlines suggest, the nuclear family is emerging as the successful model across much of the developing world.

Sociologists say it's now taking root in all but a handful of countries. But what makes it such an irresistable model for the 21st Century?

  • Part One: Mexico

    Nuclear families in nations as apart as Asia and Latin America are beginning to show signs of break-down, following the West into a more transient and multi-layered style of family life.

    In Mexico City the next stage of this social evolution is already taking place. New laws and attitudes are putting the capital at the forefront of that shift.

    We meet some of the human faces behind the statistics and ask them about life at the leading edge of what some experts think may be a global transition.

Free downloads

  1. Image for Documentaries

    Documentaries

    An indepth look at stories and issues from around the world. This podcast offers you the chance to…

  2. Image for World Service Music Documentaries

    World Service Music Documentaries

    All the World Service's music podcasts gathered into one place. New documentaries will be added…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss