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Unformatted text preview: • Families produce a public good: children – it’s in our best interest to be concerned with public goods because we will all benefit from them, we should be concerned about children in the family because they are the next generation of society • Social services, education – looking after the children • Families provide another public good by caring for the elderly • Rely on public family to care for the dependents; family very important from the public perspective • Would include adults, a dependent (child), elderly, ill Private Family • Provides intimacy, emotional support, love • Central question: How we obtain intimacy and emotional support from the family and what happens when we don’t obtain it? • Any kind of emotional family, whether or not it does or does not include a dependent...
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- Fall '08
- Sociology, Extensional definition, Nuclear family, conjugal family