GENDER ROLES INTERVIEW 5
Thisinterview is about an Italian family that has undergone phenomenalchanges as a result of the death of their grandmother who was apillar in sustaining a cultural orientation. The reader willexperience how certain aspects of family culture are graduallychanging due to a generational change (Gherardi, 2011).
Interviewer:Thank you for accepting my invitation to this very importantinterview.
Mother:You are very welcome and thank you for having me.
Interviewer:I do not understand much about Italian family culture. Tell mebriefly, what it means to be an Italian woman especially through yourfamily experience.
Mother:Thank you. First, I am now sixty years old and a mother of a hugefamily. I am saying huge for you to know that it is typically Italianto have a huge family.
Interviewer:Oh! That sounds different from what I see these days.
Mother:Yeah! I know it is gradually changing as the society continues tohave smaller families because women are increasingly taking charge ofthe family.
Interviewer: Anyway, before we get into the developing changes, I would like youto tell me the roles that men and women played in the Italian family.
Mother:That is where I am heading. I will tell you that based on what I seeand experience.
Interviewer:Okay, go ahead.
Mother:Mothers are supposed to keep the family together. They are alsoresponsible for all the domestic chores in the home.
Interviewer:Do you mean men do nothing at all?
Mother:Okay, not that they are absolutely not involved, but they are notactively involved in domestic chores (Schaefer, 2013). Women areusually the ones to ensure that everything is in the right place atthe right time. Men are more concerned with other duties outside thehome than domestic chores.
Interviewer:There are certain aspects of Italian culture that men need to fulfillas well. Could you please just name a few before you continue on yourpersonal roles?
Mother:In Italy, looking elegant is part of one’s demeanor and theirimage. The man takes care of the family and protects it. They go outand get money to feed and dress the family. The fashion matters alot. Typically, men should buy women and children the latest fashionbrands as part of keeping a good family image.
Interviewer:Can the woman play that role as well?
Mother:Yes, they can do the same, but it should be done by the man on atypical scale. Culturally, the Italian man is really protective(Arber, Davidson, & Ginn, 2013). Until recently, theyautomatically ensured the entire family has the best clothes.
Interviewer:How do you think your family has changed in relation to the modernfamily?
Mother:I do not see the family cohesion that I saw when I was growing upunder my mother. Since she died seven years ago, everything graduallychanged. Our family hardly goes to church together. I rarely seefamily get-togethers happening quite often.
Interviewer:Why do you think it all changed after she died?
Mother:As I mentioned earlier, the woman holds the family together. Sheensures that everything happens the way it should. When she died sheleft a void that my father cannot fill because that is not whatculture dictates.
Interviewer: How then did your family to cope with the change?
Mother:We try to keep being together. Our Roman Catholic traditions directus on what a woman does in the family. I just do not want the same tohappen to my family when I pass on.
Interviewer:What do you think you can do to avoid that?
Mother:Empower my children more. I would like them to be conscious of theirroles in the modern context. If they leave so much to either genderit would end up as disastrous as it did for me and my siblings.
Interviewer:Thank you for your time. I really appreciate it.
Mother:You are very welcome. Did you learn something about our culture?
Interviewer:Yes, I learned a lot of it.
Arber,S., Davidson, K., & Ginn, J. (2013). GenderAnd Ageing: Changing Roles And Relationships: Changing Roles andRelationships.McGraw-Hill International.
Gherardi,S. (2011). Gender,symbolism and organizational cultures.Sage.
Schaefer,R. T. (2013). Sociology:A brief introduction.Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill