SOC 101 Topic 9 Qs

SOC 101 Topic 9 Qs - SOC 101 Topic 9 1. What is your...

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SOC 101 – Topic 9 1. What is your textbook's definition of "family" (p. 361) and what is the Census Bureau's definition of "family"? Family (textbook): a small kinship-structured group with the key function of nurturant socialization of the newborn. Family (Census Bureau): A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family. Beginning with the 1980 Current Population Survey, unrelated subfamilies (referred to in the past as secondary families) are no longer included in the count of families, nor are the members of unrelated subfamilies included in the count of family members. The number of families is equal to the number of family households, however, the count of family members differs from the count of family household members because family household members include any non-relatives living in the household. 2. We discussed whether the American family is really in decline or safe and sound. We noted that both may be true depending on our notion of what family means. What are these two notions? (You will need to refer to Course Notes and PowerPoint slides to get the answer.) Trouble Thesis: Family considered as the major institution for taking care of children, the elderly, and the ill, seem to have declined. Safe and Sound Thesis: Family considered as the culmination of romantic love, as a symbol of self-achievement, seem to be doing ok – so far. 3. Many mourn the passing of the "good old days" of the family. Edward Shorter, however, was trying to tell a different story about Early European families. More specifically, if you lived in one of the average (that is, not the wealthy) families, whom would you be living with? What was the privacy situation? What was it like to be a child in those average families? And how was the relationship between
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor A during the Summer '09 term at Wisconsin.

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