A family constitutes an important area in humanistic studies (among others sociology, psychology, social politics and pedagogy). A family has rooted in the problematic that is dealt by intercultural pedagogy. It does not mean that its structure, role and functioning are not changeable. A family, from the traditional to contemporary model, adjusts to the requirements of the new today reality and society expectations in the individual and global aspect. With reference to the interdisciplinary aspect of a family, the subsequent study presents the issue referring to the particular aspects of a family life. Te discussed issues are connected with the family, which is put in two groups - traditional and the one that includes new obstacles and challenges - those which family members as well as specialists might cope with. Te first group deals with the acquisition of identity in a family and the analysis of a family as a value viewed by young people. It also captures the values that are transferred in a family in the multicultural relations. Te second group includes labor migrations on the verge of the 21st century - their causes and social-educational effects, as well as the influence of mass media on the functioning of a family. Although all the previously mentioned aspects of a family life were and are still present in intercultural pedagogy, along with the changes in the society, technological progress, the increase of mobility and the opening of borders, there come new challenges for every member of a family. Invariably, a family still seems to be a bridge connecting next generations and a sign post for young people who enter into a social life. Simultaneously, it is the frst, but not the only one, link in the process of socialization of an individual. Tis study is an introduction to wider researches on a family in the context of intercultural pedagogy.
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