Nov18-1 - 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology Sociology of the Family Who is your family? ¡ Take a moment and write down everyone you consider to be a member of your family. ¡ Now, turn to the person next to you and discuss who your family members are and why they made the list. 2 Who is your family? ¡ Are there people “related” to you who did not make the list? ¡ People not “related” to you who did? What factors went into your decision about who is your family? ¡ Blood relative? ¡ Marital relative? ¡ Personal intimacy? ¡ Living in the same household? ¡ Any non-related people? ¡ Any pets? How is family defined? ¡ Multiple definitions ¡ Different forms and functions ¡ Changes over time ¡ Shaped by structures of inequality: i.e., gender, race, class, and sexuality ¡ “the family” vs. “my family” ¡ Why, then, pay attention to how the family is defined? 3 Government Provides Millions to Families •Aid to Families with Dependent Children •Earned Income Tax Credit •Social Security •Student Loans •Foster Care Support •Welfare Notions of “family” reflect our morals/beliefs ¡ Family is one of the core ways we as individuals and societies define ourselves and our humanity ¡ Who is and who is not in our family points to our morals, values, and beliefs. ¡ “Family Values” – means something very different for different groups ¡ Family: a basic unit of society Sociology of the Family ¡ See beyond our own individual experience of family ¡ Understand how society, history, and other institutions shape family ¡ Also – how families shape society, history, and other institutions 4 The Family as a Social Institution ¡ In addition to “families” that exist in many forms, social scientists study THE family as an institution. ¡ This means that they study: ¢ the patterned set of expectations and activities associated with the family ¢ the set of roles and rules that define the family ¢ how family is embedded in a larger set of social, economic, legal, political, and cultural practices 5 The Family as a Social Institution ¡ As a basic unit of society, the family interacts with,...
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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