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Family and Domestic Arrangements Theme: Family is social and political Not private and biological
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Americans today Tend to think of the family as private And tend to think of the family as biological Anthropology sees the family as an integral part of culture, economy, and politics, and as a cultural construction rather than a biological entity
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Marriage, family and social reproduction U.S. gay marriage debate- shows the interest of the state in regulating forms the family can take Family is political and social arranged marriage- is one way many cultures regulate how families are formed Society has an interest in future generations Concepts– social reproduction Biological reproduction
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social reproduction- endogamy, exogamy endogamy– means marriage within a group however that group is defined, could be a village, a lineage, a religion, or even class endogamy, “racial” endogamy Exogamy– means marrying outside the group, again what the ingroup is varies enormously
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Reading– Krause empty cradles on Italian birth rates Societies debate about population growth and population control- Societies from small-scale bands or villages to our global society have an interest in organizing, regulating, controlling families, and promoting or restricting fertility
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Anthropologists view families and kin in terms of Social organization How families are formed, constituted, and understood is a social matter It is NOT given, obvious,or natural– though powerful naturalizing and biologizing discourses sometimes make it seem so
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Kraus article Demography, population, and Malthusian ideas, Malthus hypothesized that population growth would surpass resources and produce crisis a Maluthusian or neoMalthusian argument is one that draws on this same logic of inexorable population explosion
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Anthropology vs. Malthus Anthropologists find that we humans are not subject to biological laws of reproduction so that population will grow accordingly to facts of nature We regulate social institutions of society that affect families and populations and shape the conditions under which people produce and raise children
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