The following is the order starting from the smallest to the largest unit
A family should consist of a man, woman, and their offspring. In most cases, a family will be found living under the same roof. A family is also a defined set of relationships between persons related at least by marriage, birth, adoption or in some cases long-standing ties of intimate moments. The family helps uphold the capitalistic economic order by enhancing the reproduction of the laboring class, as well as, maintaining housewives as a source of labor (Taylor & Thio, 2011). A different theory would describe a family as serving the functions of regulating sexual promiscuity, socializing young ones, distributing resources, and providing social support. When other relatives other than those who make up the basic family are included, the family is referred to as an extended family. An extended family can be described as a social grouping consisting of several nuclear families who have a common ancestry.
A community consist a group of persons who reside in a similar locality. A community will usually have similar governance and common interests. The aspect of a community can be related to the concept of federalism where as many decisions as possible are usually made at the lowest level. On a political aspect, decentralization of power is important, and a community serves just the purpose of making political decisions. The community serves the function of preventing centralization of power by keeping the decision-making processes and responsibilities close to the people (Zubechi, 2010). On a general aspect, a community also offers a sense of security to those in it.
Religion entails a system of beliefs, as well as, practices that are unified and that pertain to norms about right ways of life, and is shared by a group of people sharing similar beliefs. It is important to note that sociologists treat religion as social rather than a supernatural