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Sociology Topic Five

Sociology Topic Five - Sociology Topic Five Paths to Family...

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Sociology Topic Five : Paths to Family Formation (10/2) (10/4) Changing Trends in Family Formation Number of indicators: more than anything sexual activity, marriage, and child-bearing have moved apart from one another – people can get married without having children and one can have a child alone or with a partner and not be married Process of forming a family is less uniform and far more complex than it has been throughout most of American century, especially 50’s with breadwinner family formation Today 9/10 adults in US will marry, to most youth today the individual is the most involved in choosing their spouse – contemporary phenomenon, characteristic of industrialized societies Parental Influence In general parents become involved in matching their children with spouses when the decision is too important to be left to the child – monarchy Throughout history the decisions involved in search for a spouse were practical decisions By 1800s adults began to share with parents the decision of choosing a spouse Youth of Anglo-Saxon origin historically went about searching for a spouse through courtship Courtship and Dating Courtship – publicly (community and parents very involved in watching over and participating in the process) biblical process; had a chaperone – monitor behavior; well- established way of acting, with rules and regulations that were closely followed Followed carefully prescribed path from walking and talking to then in private places – Pride and Prejudice; would meet potential suitors in a public space and could eventually come to home Young adults met through public settings and only once the man showed interest, he would “call on” the woman at her home Women’s parents were always present until they were engaged and allowed to have moments alone with intimacy Early 1900s – more pronounced social and economic changes – mass migration of young
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