Oct 22-Ch 8

Oct 22-Ch 8 - October 22, 2007 Chapter 8: The Marriage...

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October 22, 2007 I. o The government-representing community-is legally involved in all weddings b/c a  marriage is necessarily a community, or public, concern Involved largely b/c the community has stake in essential social  functions: children being responsibly cared for o Social institution     concerning important aspects of ppl’s lives o Marriage premise     -by getting married, partners accept the responsibility to keep  continues a. Expectations of Permanence Wedding=passage into adult family roles Marriage, more than any other relationship holds the hope of  permanence Expectations for permanence derive from the fact that, historically,  marriage has been a practical social institution  today less important for econ stability most getting married can encourage partners to commit themselves to building  i. Social Policies Designed To Encourage Marital Permanence 1. Covenant Marriage a. groom agree to be bound by a marriage “covenant” that  will not let them get divorced as easily as is presently  allowed.  b. Before wedding, in states that allow, couples required to  choose btw 2 marital contracts, conventional or  covenant.  c. Fundamentalist religionists-love it d. Feminists-hate it 2. a. 10 states require blood tests for various communicable  diseases b. Most states require waiting periods-72 hrs to 6 days btw  c. Some states-marriage education or counseling
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d. Reconciliation Act-authorized Temporary Assistance  for Needy Families ( TANF)/welfare reform b. Expectations of Sexual Exclusivity Expectations of sexual exclusivity     -spouses promise to have sexual  relations only w/ each other Sexual exclusivity emerged as a cultural value in traditional society to  maintain the patriarchal line of descent wedding ring placed on bride’s finger by groom symbolizes expectation 
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Oct 22-Ch 8 - October 22, 2007 Chapter 8: The Marriage...

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