3-2 - portray the future, etc. o This debate inevitably...

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SOCI 305 1 3/2/10 Children’s Lives: Families SOCI 305 Unspoken assumptions o Mother stays home, keeps house o Father in charge o Children are vulnerable o Children over-simplify things o Fathers work and mother focuses on kids’ school o Breakfast together o Nuclear family Symbolic uses of children o As causes of a utopian future o Children as potential victims o Compulsory heterosexuality: children become symbols that legitimate parents’ political careers o Children are conceptualized as separate from policy o Children can be viewed in political ways, but their perspective is essentially irrelevant o Children become useful symbols, and they themselves can be used to
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Unformatted text preview: portray the future, etc. o This debate inevitably casts children as outside of politics and the reach of public policy World War II o Rise in divorce rates o Promotion of domesticity o GI Bill o Pre-Civil Rights legislation SOCI 305 2 3/2/10 Changes in the 1950s that made a nuclear family harder to sustain o Expansion of education o 1970s stagnation in real wages o Marriage is less stable o Feminist movement o Technology Where are children in these debates about the best way for children to be raised? o Observe whats going on with their families o Overpopulation and media coverage...
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2010 for the course SOCI 305 taught by Professor Sternheimer during the Spring '10 term at USC.

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