Lecture 1 - 03:33 DefiningFamily Privatefamily

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03:33 Defining Family Private family 2 or more coresident individuals, intimate, expectation of permanence, resource pooling place where people permanently find intimacy and support Public family  1 or more adult, taking care of related dependents + dependent (not confined to  coresident households)  family choices have consequences for others/society  consequences can be positive or negative  Boundary Ambiguity  groupings of people who don’t fall into private or public family Families of choice Gay/lesbian – find groups of people to form relations with even if not blood related or  legally related (making someone your family)  Fictive kin African-American community Very close friends of a parent come to be treated as family  Living apart together  Unmarried men or women who are committed in a long lasting relationship but who do  not live together  Course Approach Coming to terms with variety, difference and change There is no single  natural  way of organizing family life
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It is natural to accept what we are used to  But there are a variety of family forms and many of which work very well in different  contexts  The place of personal experience Make course relevant to own life but that different personal experiences are okay  Broaden experience  Sociological and demographic approach  Focus on groups and group differences,  use of statistics  Importance of history Kinship Kinship organizes society 
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