Ch1 - Chapter 1 Public and Private Families Contemporary...

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Chapter 1 Public and Private Families
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“traditional nuclear” family “Leave it to Beaver” Breadwinner-homemaker Contemporary Family Context
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Modern Families. Diversity can either be tolerated or of great concern Contemporary Family Context (cont.)
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Traditional/Conservative Viewpoint negative outcomes for children are due to the diversification of family forms traditional nuclear family is central for the maintenance of important social systems favor public policy that encourages this model
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society can adjust to new family forms pluralism and diversity are viewed as beneficial to important social systems public policies should support families of all types Left/Liberal Viewpoint
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defining and contextualizing individualism Individualism and Families
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What is a Family? extremes economics cultural context
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What is a Family? (cont.)* How do/should we define family? A group of two or more people (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together (U.S. Census 2005)
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What is a Family? (cont.)* A family is any group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood, or adoption, or any sexually expressive relationship in which, (1) the adults cooperate financially for their mutual support, (2) the people are committed to one another in an intimate interpersonal relationship, (3) the members see their individual identities as importantly attached to the group, and (4) the group has an identity of its own (DeGenova 2008).
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Ch1 - Chapter 1 Public and Private Families Contemporary...

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