SOCI 200 March 26 lecture notes

SOCI 200 March 26 lecture notes - Nokyeong Kim Thursday...

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Nokyeong Kim Thursday, 3/26/2009 SOCI 200 Lecture Notes Families “We speak of families—as if we know what families are.” –R.D. Laing What in your mind constitutes a family? examples? Commitment BIG deal – many people are choosing not to get married o big trend of cohabiting or remaining single Why do we want to look at families at all in sociology? sociologists – study social institutions – to see how – different things like – schools, the media, religion – shape who we are and what we do the family is ONE of those institutions o probably one of the MOST common and widespread of them in fact What is a family? families started by sperm donation… teen mothers gay/lesbian parents… “blended” or step families… divorced families… interracial families… polygamous families… among others… Hegemony and family President Jimmy Carter in 1971 had a conference o called The White House Conference on the Family Liberals vs. Conservatives – battle to define the family o (defining a family is partially a political move… has political and economic impact) What Burgess and Locke say a family is – from 1953: a group of persons united by ties of marriage, blood, or adoption; constituting a single household; interacting and communicating with each other in their respective social roles (husband and wife, mother and father, brother and sister) question: what does this definition leave out?
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