Marriage and the Family (Comprehensive Version)

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Chapter 9 Marriage and the Family
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Definition of Family Social unit characterized by: economic cooperation management of reproduction child rearing common residence a male and female adult who maintain a socially approved sexual relationship
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Marriage Defined Customs formalizing the relationship between male and female adults within the family. Regulates the sexual and economic rights and obligations between a married couple. Usually involves an explicit contract or understanding and is entered into with the assumption that it will be permanent. Family members share some kind of common residence.
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Social Functions of Marriage Creates relationships between men and women that regulate mating and reproduction. Provides a mechanism for regulating the sexual division of labor. Creates a set of family relationships that provides for the material, educational, and emotional needs of children.
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The Family The family, such as this one in China, provides a structured environment that supports and meets the needs of children.
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Postpartum Sex Taboo A husband and wife abstaining from any sexual activity for a period of time after the birth of a child.
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Incest Taboos: Theories Natural Aversion - there is a natural aversion to sexual intercourse among those who have grown up together. Inbreeding - mating between close kin produces a higher incidence of genetic defects.
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Family Disruption - mating between family members would create intense jealousies. Expanding Social Alliances
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Guda during the Spring '11 term at Campbell University .

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