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ASAN 312 (Pollard) Contemporary Asian Civilizations 12 February 2009 Review questions (for small-group discussion and reporting Aat Vervoorn, “Family Matters,” Ch. 8, in Re Orient: Change in Asian Societies , 3 rd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2005) , pp. 218-242. 1. What historical fact leads Aat Vervoorn to caution against overstating the degree to which family structures in Asia and elsewhere converge? 2. What is the point of distinguishing between family and household ? And even though they do not denote identical relationships, where do these overlap with one another ? 3. What are three or four functions, activities or purposes of families that seem to be nearly universal in Asia (and elsewhere)? 4. Aside from DNA, what else can families transmit from one generation to the next ? 5. Is it possible to generalize concerning obligations of households in contemporary Asia to the wider sociopolitical order ? Or if not, what are some of the main trends? (Questions on “Family Matters” continue on the other side.)
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Unformatted text preview: ASAN 312 ( Pollard) Questions re: “Family Matters,” in Aat Vervoorn, Re Orient: Change in Asian Societies , 3 rd ed. 6. If one compares simple, complex and polygamous household structures in Asia and elsewhere, what are the main similarities and differences? 7. How do kinship systems influence families? Give examples of different types of kinship systems 8. Historically, how common were multigenerational households in “China proper”? 9. How would your characterize the conflicting tendencies towards nuclear and traditional complex households in contemporary East Asia? 10.How does Vervoorn understand the function of heterosexual marriage? Could this understanding be better developed? (If so, how would you revise this part of the chapter for a future edition?) 11. What broad historical and sociological developments caution us to qualify or limit any broad generalizations about families in Asia? 2...
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