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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS CHAPTER 2 – THE HISTORY OF THE FAMILY, U.S. HISTORY I & II 1. How did belonging to a lineage help a family in a tribal, agricultural society? 2. What did the colonial family do that modern families did not? What do modern families do that colonial families did not? 3. How did marriage change during the industrial revolution? 4. What were the costs and benefits to women of their restriction to the “women’s sphere”? 5. In what ways did the scope of the “private family” increase after 1900? 6. In what ways was family life in the 1950s distinctive compared to earlier or later in the century? 7. Why didn’t the decline of parental death lead to an increase in children living with both parents? CHAPTER 3 – DOING GENDER 1. A. What is the biosocial approach to understanding gender? Make sure you include an explanation of the hormonal aspects of this approach. B. What are the three limitations of the biosocial approach? 2. A. Define the Feminist Perspective (pg. 25 & lecture slides). Define socialization. Define social construction. How are these three concepts linked?
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