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Final exam review questions - REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTER...

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REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTER 1 1. What factors have contributed to the trend toward postponing marriage in the United States today? 2. Why was marriage an economic necessity in previous generations? How has that shifted today? 3. Describe the differences between classical and contemporary sociological theories of the family. 4. What factors explain the stability of the 1950s family? Which family members paid the greatest price for this stability? 5. How representative was the 1950s family of all of U.S. society? Why is it still the “ideal” for many people today? 6. What are some of the roles found within the social institution of the family? 7. List three functions of the family. 8. Compare the sociological perspective on family with the perspective of at least two alternative disciplines (psychology, biology, or economics, for example). Then, answer the following questions. a. What is the valuable public good that families produce? b. What are some of the strengths and limitations of social science research? Why does it differ so much from biological or chemical studies? IM 4-1
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REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTER 2 1. How did early artists portray children in their paintings? 2. Why wasn’t childhood a protected, extended stage in the early years of our country? 3. Trace the origins of family and kinship. Why was kinship such an important factor in settled agricultural society? 4. Define conjugal families and extended families . How do they differ? Where are they found? 5. Name the three activities or functions of most Western families prior to the last 250 years. 6. Describe the American family during the following historical periods: prior to 1776, 1776–1900, 1900—1960, and 1960–present. 7. What was unique about Depression-generation families? 1950s families? 1960s families? Present-day families? 8. Why did the chance to work for wages undermine the authority of fathers in early American families? 9. What were the characteristics of the Cult of True Womanhood? 10. How did the family life of different racial-ethnic groups differ from that of the dominant white, middle-class families in the United States prior to the 1960s? From the 1960s to the present? 11. Describe the phenomenon of “affective individualism” that arose around the same time as the modern American family. 12. Describe the life-course perspective as it relates to early adulthood. 2
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REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTER 3 1. How do sex and gender differ? 2. When do most children develop a gender identity? 3. Is gender identity subject to change for the average person? 4. Why is the distinction between women and men, female and male, so basic to the study of the family? 5. How do girls’ and boys’ peer groups reinforce different communication styles? 6. How are cultural differences between men and women reproduced in the next generation?
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