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Chapter 10 - Chapter 10 Power and Violence in Marriages and...

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Chapter 10 Power and Violence in Marriages and Families
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Power What is power? Who has power? Who doesn’t have power?
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Types of Power Coercive Power Reward Power Expert Power Informational Power Referent Power Legitimate Power
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Marital Power First studied in 1950’s. Blood and Wolfe: interviewed wives only. Resource hypothesis: the spouse with more resources has more power in marriage. What resources do spouses bring?
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Study Results Most families (72%) had “relatively egalitarian” decision-making structure. 25%: Husbands made decisions 3%: Wives made decisions.
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Criticisms of Study What domains men and women have power over. Women: food, shopping, cleaning. Husbands: where they live, jobs, finances. “Having the power to make trivial decisions is not the same as having the power to make important ones.”
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Resources and Gender Men tend to have more resources: Money Education Status Physical strength Alternatives to marriage
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Resources and Gender Women tend to be most equal with men at the beginning of marriage. First pregnancy and birth diminishes
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course FAD 2230 taught by Professor Byno during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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