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61 CONTENTS Chapter 2: Family and Interpersonal Relationships Chapter Introduction Stephanie Coontz, "The World Historical Transformation of Marriage” Louise B. Silverstein and Carl F. Auerbach, "Deconstructing the Essential Father" Carter Heyward, “Coming Out: Journey Without Maps” Jane English, “What do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?” Amparo B. Ojeda, "Growing up American: Doing the Right Thing" Yohko Tsuji, "Encounters with the Elderly in America" Junot Diaz, “Fiesta, 1980” Vicki Crompton, "A Parent's Story" Jean Kilbourne, “Jesus is a Brand of Jeans” Arlie R. Hochschild, “The Commodity Frontier” Andrea R. Canaan, “Girlfriends” Karen Walker, "‘I'm Not Friends the Way She's Friends’: Ideological and Behavioral Constructions of Masculinity in Men's Friendships"
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62 Chapter Two: Family and Interpersonal Relationships Chapter one dealt with the self and self-reflection by looking primarily at the individual and how individuals choose or respond to the personal experience/formation of ethics, education, and identity. However, the way that we experience and form familial bonds also shapes both our conceptualization of ourselves, and the manner in which we understand and interact with the world around us. In fact, familial relationships are often understood as originary models for other types of interpersonal interactions and social organizations. The structure of our families and the values, skills, and sense of community we receive from them often color the way we interact with others and work towards our conception of the social good. Therefore, chapter two operates as a bridge between the self (chapter one) and civil society (chapter three). That said, the way people are organized into families or kinship units varies tremendously from culture to culture and from era to era. Even in the same culture, people may have vastly different opinions related to the purpose, structure, obligations, and privileges of familial belonging. Consequently, this chapter explores different models and conceptualizations of family and the rationales and cultural beliefs that inform them. For example, Stephanie Coontz looks at marriage as a historical institution that was once fundamentally an economic contract and the ways in which that conceptualization of the institution of marriage has been largely discarded in American culture today. Louise Silverstein and Carl Auerbach challenge the privileging of the nuclear family as the ideal structure for the raising of children and suggest that “mothering” or “fathering” can be done by anyone. Amparo Ojeda and Yohko Tsuji both write about cultural differences between American conceptualizations of the family and how family is structured and experienced differently in each of the author’s home cultures (Ojeda is Filipino, Tsuji is Japanese). All of these pieces look at the question, “what is a good society?” from the lens of the family and show how
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