Sociology Notes 3-23-06

Sociology Notes 3-23-06 - Sociology Notes THE FAMILY I...

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Sociology Notes 3/23/06 THE FAMILY I. Definitions A. Social institution - provides emotional and financial support - regulates sexual activity and reproduction - socializes members B. Census Bureau - 2 or more people related by blood, marriage or adoption II. The Ideal Family A. Social construction of the family B. Ideology of the American family 1. Traditional isolated nuclear family = ‘normal’ 2. Family is only source of good values- everything comes back to it 3. Private Family- government should not interfere with families 4. Myth of family decline- once stable families are falling apart today C. Historical context 1. Private nuclear family 2. Romantic love- recent dimension, mid-19 th century 3. Breadwinners and homemakers- started mid-19 th century, peaked 1950’s, declining now 4. Equation of love, sex, and marriage D. Why the 1950’s ideal family image evolved 1. Red Scare/McCarthyism-fear of communism 2. Television/Mass Media 3. Women out of labor force after World War II (men return to their jobs) 4.
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