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Unit 1 Notes Is family changing? Families are more fluid than they were in the past. Many changes in the family reflect adaptations to larger societal transformations As a country, we continue to cling to a number of What is a family? The meaning of family changes over time and contexts and cultures. There is no standard universal definition of a family; it exists in many forms and arrangements are often complex Overall there are traditional definitions and current definitions of the Family. - Traditionally , family has been defined as a unit made up two or more people who are related by blood, marriage, or adoption; living together; form one economic unit; and bear and raise children - As a modern definition, a family is an intimate group of two or more people who: Live together in a committed relationship Care for one another and any children Share activities and close emotional ties The evolving definition of family: Definitions of the family may become even more complex in the future Because of the recent rise in single parenthood, fictive kin have become more important in our overall view of the family Diversity of family life: Many different family forms throughout the world and we cannot measure any one type against another type We sometimes think of “idealized” or “traditional” families as what we would call “nuclear families” but these expectations are changing as well. A global family perspective: Understanding other cultures is essential to understanding ourselves and our place in the world. Understanding other cultures gives us a less ethnocentric view of the world and challenges Family Functions: No matter the culture, family provides certain functions for society and for its own members Family forms vary across cultures, and even within cultures. Globally, family provides five very basic and important functions. Five Functions of the family: 1. Regulation of sexual activity a. The incest taboo forbids people who are too closely related by blood from having sexual contact 2. Procreation and socialization a. Ensures that society will continue b. First place children are socialized is in the family, they learn rules and customs of their culture 3. Economic security a. It is normal for both parents to work outside the home 4. Emotional support a. Most important aspect of family, they are our emotional steadfast throughout our lives 5. Social class placement
a. We are all born into a specific social class based on things like our parents’ income, education, job, attitudes, and values. What is marriage? Marriage is a socially approved mating relationship that people expect to be stable and enduring o Some forms of marriage are practiced in every society, although there are many forms.

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