Topic 2b Institution of Marriage - Sociology 169...

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Sociology 169 Theoretical Perspectives on Family Change Readings: Nock. 1998. “Marriage as a Social Institution” Topic 2b: Marriage as a Social Institution Marriage is a relationship defined by legal, moral, and conventional assumptions Culturally patterned Integrated into other social institutions: education, the economy, politics Entails rules that originate outside of any one union These rules set up soft boundaries to define acceptable behaviors of spouses—social control Marriage as a Social Institution Marriage is a relationship defined by legal, moral, and conventional assumptions Culturally patterned Integrated into other social institutions: education, the economy, politics Entails rules that originate outside of any one union These rules set up soft boundaries to define acceptable behaviors of spouses—social control Marriage as Social Capital Social Capital consists of extensive networks of individuals linked by bonds of trustworthiness and trust Obligations are incurred and repaid
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