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family_lec9_gender_2pg - 9/28/2010 Gender and Families...

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9/28/2010 1 Sociology of the Family Prof. Mouzon Gender and Families Structural Perspective on Families: 5 Principles Race, class, and gender : 1. …are forms of stratification that foster group -based inequalities. Definition of social stratification Random vs. systematic differences Causes: Innate (cultural) vs. structural 2. ….influence family life through their distribution of social resources and opportunities.
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9/28/2010 2 Structural Perspective on Families: 5 Principles Race, class, and gender : 3. …are relational systems of power and subordination. Structural Perspective on Families: 5 Principles Race, class, and gender: 4. …do not stand alone. They work together to place families and individuals in different social locations, which produce diverse family patterns. Matrix of domination (Collins, 2000): “For example, people of the same race will experience race differently depending on their location in the class structure as poor, working class, professional/managerial, or unemployed; their location in the gender structure as male or female; and their location in the sexuality system as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. These systems of inequality create an imbalance of power within families as well as between families” (Baca Zinn, 2010, p. 138)
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9/28/2010 3 Structural Perspective on Families: 5 Principles Race, class, and gender: 5. …are systems of subordination that shape family life, yet the family can also be a place to resist inequality. Gender “Gender relations and family are so intertwined, it is impossible to pay attention to one, without paying attention to the other (Coltrane, 1998, 1)”
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9/28/2010 4 Why study gender and families? Gender is a key structure of inequality in the U.S. (and elsewhere) The family is one site in which gender inequalities are reproduced: Distribution of housework Carework Child care Parenting Sex and Gender Sex The biological aspects of being male or female Includes chromosomal, hormonal, and anatomical
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:272 taught by Professor Mouzon during the Fall '09 term at Rutgers.

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