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Unformatted text preview: often, children out of wedlock • Pessimists – view change of family as weakening of family, change is bad and do not want government involvement in family • Optimists (Liberals) – view change as good, people can leave an unhappy marriage, recognize change and respond to it – state child care, etc. • Marriage is treated by all that study as a social institution • Institution – social unit, performs important function to society; has roles and rules. EX: government, church, healthcare, education, economy • Family Institution – oldest, universal institution in society; performs functions (functionalist view): provides values, learn language, provides emotional security, instills culture in children, produces children – responsible for raising next generation of society • Concerned with changes in institution and thus changes in guidelines and roles...
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- Fall '08
- Sociology, Same-sex marriage, social institution Institution, bar same-sex marriages, higher emotional need