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Chapter_1_Moodle - Public and Private Families SOCL 2505 1 Contemporary Family Context The traditional nuclear family u 1950s sitcoms portrayed the

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Public and Private Families SOCL 2505 – 1 August 25, 2010
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Contemporary Family Context The “traditional nuclear” family u 1950s sitcoms portrayed the American Family at the time Breadwinner-homemaker r Is this the “ideal” family?
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Contemporary Family Context (cont.) Today’s real-life families are vastly different Gay & lesbian, single parent, ethnic & racial etc. u Diversity can either be tolerated or of great concern
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Traditional/Conservative Viewpoint Divorce, single-parenthood, cohabitation, out-of-wedlock children, negative outcomes for children all due to the diversification of family forms “marriage movement” u Conservatives also favor public policy that encourages and promotes marriage as the way out of problems
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Left/Liberal Viewpoint Argue that society can adjust to new family forms “diversity defenders” u Feel public policies should support families of all types
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Individualism and Families More individualized view of family and personal life today Individualism : a style of life in which individuals pursue their own interests and place great importance on developing a personally rewarding life Two types: utilitarian and expressive r More toleration for family life without the boundaries of marriage, and the idea to never marry is acceptable
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What is a Family? Two extremes: Families are so diverse that the concept may not even be useful anymore There is one real and true “family” form u Economic importance Meaning of family member determines financial benefits u Cultural context Western nation Monogamy : marriage system where only one spouse is allowed Non-Western nations Polygamy : allowed to have more than one spouse at a time
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What is a Family? (cont.) There is no single definition of a family that is adequate for all purposes u How you define a family depends on what questions you want to answer
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course SOCIOLOGY 2505 taught by Professor Doucet during the Fall '10 term at LSU.

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