Ch 3 Understanding Families Through Theory and Research Outline

Ch 3 Understanding Families Through Theory and Research Outline

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Ch 3 Understanding Families Through Theory and Research T/F 1. 6. 2. 7. 3. 8. 4. 9. 5. 10. Why Theories and Research Are Important What we don’t know can hurt us Theories/research help us understand our family life Theories/research help us make informed decisions Structural-Functionalism View of the Family Major Questions What are the structures of families? How do they contribute to social stability? Structural-Functionalism (cont’d) Talcott Parsons Family maintains gender-based roles: Instrumental role – Task oriented
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2 Primary bread winner Protector against imbalance Expressive role – Enhancing emotional relationships Conflict Theory View of the Family Major Questions Which families benefit and which lose when resources are scarce? How do families protect their privileges? Feminism View of the Family Major Questions How does family life reflect economic and patriarchal arrangements? Do men and women experience the family in different ways?
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PYSC 301 taught by Professor Bessellieu during the Fall '09 term at South Carolina.

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