Such a reaction is formalized in the position of the adult male members of the community. Early marriage, prolonged childbearing responsibilities, and a withdrawal from public leadership characterize the role of women in some societies. Obedience to parental authority and occupational tradition defines the style of youth. A determination to labour for the protection of his dependents' marginal subsistence typifies the adult male who, because he is its symbol and spokesman, sets the style of the family as well. As the one hope in the face of misunderstood alterations in the social status quo, the extended family resorts to a protective individualism. Because such propping-up of tradition requires great effort, individual creativity is ossified and little desire or opportunity arise for corporate, community-wide endeavour.