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Sociology Notes Chapter 11 Families and Society How do sociologists study the family? - Family o A group of people who identify themselves as being related to one another, usually by blood, marriage, or adoption and who share intimate relationships and dependency o Reproduction of community and citizenry o Socialization and transmission of culture o Care of the young and old o Contribute to economy as consumers o Allocation of social roles o The family is the primary agent of socialization in a person’s life - Marriage- culturally approved relationship - Monogamy- one partner, man or woman - Polygamy- more than one spouse - Polygyny- one man, many wives - Polyandry- one woman, many husbands - Serial monogamy- getting married multiple times are having a lot of relationships one right after the other. - Endogamous marriage- marry people who are like you ( age, religious, race) - Anti-miscegenation laws- people of different races could not marry - Families and the work of raising children - Extended families o One or more parents, children, other kin, several generations living in same
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Unformatted text preview: household -Nuclear families o Parents living with biological children, apart from other kin Theoretical Perspectives on Families -The functionalist perspective -Talcott Parsons: family is a factory of personalities o Women socialized into expressive roles o Men socialized into instrumental roles o Complementary roles are positively functional; o Ensure cooperation rather than conflict o Status of family derived from male’s position o Supports adult’s emotional well-being o Critique: it tries to keep people in traditional gender roles. -The feminist/conflict perspective and beyond o His and her marriage o The psychodynamic feminist perspective US Families Yesterday and Today -Marriage and divorce in the United States o Cohabitation o Common-law marriage-Who’s minding the children? -Immigration and family patterns -America’s first nations: Native American Families -Deaf culture and family life -Families in crisis o Domestic violence...
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