Social and political forces determine which groups will be more likely to be poor (e.g., differences
by race, ethnicity, gender, age)
Trends in income inequality
Poverty and lifetime risk of poverty
Reasons for growing inequality
Poverty among children
Social class differences in family life
Social and cultural capital
Diverging destinies -- evidence
What’s the point?
That is, what question is being asked and answered? What is the implication of
the answer for our understanding of families?
For videos watched and discussed in class: what major issues were discussed and what point did the
film make (that is, why did we watch it)?
Historical clips from the
First Measured Century (WWII,
Post-War, 1960s Women’s Movement, Kinsey), Codes of Gender
, clips linked from lecture
Example short answer questions:
Explain why the height of the breadwinner-caregiver family in the 1950s was an anomaly.
That is, what made the 1950s so unusual for families?
What are economic, demographic, and cultural/psychological explanations for the growth of
mothers' labor force participation?
Explain how most families, including middle class families, receive substantial assistance
from the federal government.
Explain at least three reasons for welfare reform (1996).
What were two effects of welfare reform on families?
What is the EITC and how does it support families? Why is it politically popular, i.e., a