Chapter 1 Newman notes

Chapter 1 Newman notes - Chapter1:DefiningFamilies

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Chapter 1: Defining Families Identifying Families Socially constructed- how people feel about family & what they expect from one another within it;  The “Official” U.S. Definition of Family o Households- all persons or groups of persons who occupy a dwelling such as a house,  apartment, single room, or other space intended to be living quarters o together o Nuclear family- small unit consisting of a married couple w/or w/o children or at least 1  o 30% of population is “nonfamily households” o Extended families- relatives outside the nuclear family, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles,  o 2 or more people: family as a social group Do pretty much everything w/certain family members across a range of situations Close involvement adds a unique emotional element to family relationships Families tend to last for a considerably longer period of time o Living together: Family as a common residence Commuter marriage- one in which spouses spend at least several nights a week in  o Related by Birth: family as kin Kinship- families consist of people who are related to one another across  generations Patrilineal descent-kinship system in which family connections are traced through the  fathers line Matrilineal descent- kinship system in which family connections are traced through  the mother’s line Bilateral descent- kinship system in which family connections are traced through both 
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Chapter 1 Newman notes - Chapter1:DefiningFamilies

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