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Episode 2 - Mexico

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.


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