4-25-08 - Courtship and Mate Selection Aspects of mate...

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Courtship and Mate Selection Aspects of mate selection Endogamy : specifies groups within which a spouse must be found and prohibits marriage with members of other groups Survival of minorities Maintenance of certain groups (caste, class) Exogamy : requires mate selection outside certain groups Usually outside one’s own family or certain kin The Love Relationship The coupling of love and marriage is not a cultural universal Romantic love Arranged marriages Homogamy- marriage between people of similar social characteristics Interracial marriages still only 4% of all marriages Changes, Issues “Boomerang Generation” or “full-nest syndrome” Children are coming back to parents’ homes after college Adoption In US, mostly by relatives/ stepparent Increasing number of foreign born adoptions Current Issues (pt ½) Dual-Income Families Married 25-34 year olds (96% of men and 72% of women in the labor force) Single-Parent Families Used to be strong stigma against these families, less now
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course SOCI 201 taught by Professor Perez during the Spring '07 term at University of Delaware.

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4-25-08 - Courtship and Mate Selection Aspects of mate...

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