11-17 - 12/1 Sociology of the Family I. The Rise of the...

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12/1 Sociology of the Family I. The Rise of the Modern Family a. “The Sentimental Revolution” i. Changes in male-female relations ii. Changes in parent-child relations iii. Changes in family-society relations II. The Contemporary Family Revolution a. Cohabitation, Fertility, Divorce, and the Role of Parents in Socialization Before you read today’s reading, how would you have answered the following questions? Is the relationship between married couples in industrial societies today more or less close today than it was 300 years ago? Is the relationship between parents and children in industrial societies today more or less close today than it was 300 years ago? Is the family more or less “protected” or “set apart” from the “intrusions” or “threats” of the larger society today than it was 300 years ago? Our “person in the street” would almost certainly answer “less” to all three questions… and s/he would be wrong on each count (and dramatically so). What makes the modern family unique? 1. The process of family formation is quite distinctive: a. Who or what determines who people marry? i. Romantic love *Only since the 17 th -18 th centuries has romantic love come to play the predominant role in the selection of marital partners Far more typically, marriages were arranged between kin groups – between families – as a way of forging political and economic alliances between families. Why? In most pre-industrial societies kinship was a powerful way of “getting
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course AS 100 taught by Professor Art during the Fall '08 term at Indiana.

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