week 14 step-families sociology 169

week 14 step-families sociology 169 - Week 14: Remarriage...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Week 14: Remarriage and Step- families Sociology 169 Changing Family Forms Professor Silverstein
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Complexity in American Families n Step families: the “incomplete institution” Ambiguity: what is role of step-parent? Negotiation: when is a step-parent “fully” a parent? Legal status: why does biological relationship carry more weight in terms of legal status?
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Complexity in American Families n Examples of boundary ambiguity of step- relations: When does a step-father have the authority to discipline? What does a child call the woman his divorced father remarried? How does a step-grandparent become a grandparent?
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Families As Irregular and Complex n Boundary problems in the modern family Nuclear family of two same-sex parents with biologically related children made the study of families simpler Who is “family” is well-defined Social roles of parent, child, sister, brother were well-defined
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Families As Irregular n Now we need to define the family in at least two dimensions: Blood vs. Step-relations (parents, children, sibs) Increasing emphasis on trans-household relationships
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Rules and Roles in the Family n The proliferation of step-families has “problematized” the family Taken-for-granted notions of how family members should behave are questioned How is the meaning of “step-father” interpreted by the child and by the step-father?
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Rules and Roles in the Family n The proliferation of step-families has “problematized” the family How is the relationship negotiated? Can a “new” parental role be established such as
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