1-15-08 What is a Family

1-15-08 What is a Family - WHAT IS A/THE FAMILY[A family is...

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11-15-2008 WHAT IS A/THE FAMILY? [A family] is a recognized social status that most people want to achieve; can be a contentious subject. [The family] important for studying the topic; sociologists have no power to impose a definition on the public Why does it matter? o Social o Economic o Political/legal Social consequences o Acceptance and rejection o Norms and perceptions—collective ideas in societies Economic consequences o Sharing resources—parents feeding their children o Support/exploitation—doing work for somebody, helping to take care of somebody versus making someone work for you or somebody else within families. Ex: doing the dishes doesn’t require payment within a family, typically. Political/legal o Rights E.g. property o Support E.g. welfare, social security o Obligations E.g. spouse debts CHERLIN’S DEFINITIONS
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Public Family o One or more adults who are related by marriage, partnership, or shared parenthood who care for dependents , and the dependents themselves—usually living together . o Aspects of families concerned with public welfare. Private Family o Two or more people in an intimate relationship that they expect will last indefinitely, who live in the same household and pool their income and household labor.
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