Traditional Inuit Family Structure and Values As Influenced by the Modern Economic System: Lessons about the Concept of Family as the Unifying Agent for the Wellness of Culture, Community and Society

By Karen Knaus and Andrew Hund.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: September 2, 2015 $US5.00

This research focuses on the effects of modern economic conditions on the values, expectations, and the family structure of the Inuit. Operating from a conflict perspective, this research assembles assorted knowledge of Inuit family values, and expectations in order to gain insight into how changes from a traditional subsistence-based economic system to a modern, cash-based economic system has influenced changes in the Inuit family structure and value system thus altering traditional culture. The research discussion presented demonstrates how the dominant macroeconomic system (based on a cash-based global economy) has adversely influenced the fundamental agent of family that defines Inuit culture and diversity of thought. Overall, the paper presents a greater understanding and respect for the interconnections between family structure and value systems within economies and provides a valuable lesson and unified framework for approaching the wellness of culture, community and society.

Keywords: Culture, Family, Cooperation, Wellness, Subsistence

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.69-81. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 2, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.833KB)).

Karen Knaus

Assistant Professor, Science Technology and Society Education, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Co, USA

Andrew Hund

Assistant Professor, Science Wellness and Society Educator and Researcher, United Arab Emirates University, Saudi Arabia