1. What cultural features of American society influence peoples senses of their
i. Masculine men who take the active, penetrating role are not known to be
homosexual. But women who take that role could be known as
homosexual. Men who take
Sociology 225 Chapter 1
Public and Private Families
Americans think that family life in general is in decline, but not their
Childrearing as central purpose of marriage.
Believe parents are doing worse at p
Marriage and Family Notes Day 2
What is the family: The study of public and private families
o Social institution
Relatively permanent patterns or clusters of specified
roles and behaviors devoted to meeting societys needs
Marriage and Family Notes Day 7
How Does Social Class Shape Families?
o Families and the economy
All societies are characterized by stratification
The system by which society ranks
categories of people in a hi
Marriage and Family Day 3
When did the modern family emerge? : The history of families in the U.S.
o Native American Families
Historically largely unknown die to disease and war
Several known characteristics
Both matrilineal and patrilineal families
Marriage and Family Day 5
What Role Does Gender Play in Families
o Understanding sex vs gender
Sex is biological
o The biological differences that separate males
Marriage and Family Day 4
Rise of the Private Families
o Continuation of the post modern family (1900-present)
Decline in childbearing
Rapid increase in divorce
The divorce rate today is about twice what it was in
1950 (2% yearly)
Chapter 11-14 Looking Back
1. When did domestic violence become a social issue?
o Domestic violence has been a social issue at various points throughout US
history. The Puritans, who took a strong stand against wife beating, passed
the first laws against
1. How would the political and medical models of domestic violence differ in the way that the
perpetrators of violence are viewed?
Political Domestic violence is deeply rooted in laws and customs that reinforce male dominance and
is unlikely to be ended w
Chapter 6-10 Terms
Chapter 6 Terms
Sexual Identity A set of sexual practices and attitudes that lead to the
formation in a persons mind of an identity as heterosexual, homosexual, or
Social Constructionist Perspective The belief that human sex
Chapter 6-10 Looking Back
Chapter 6 Looking Back
When did the idea of a sexual identity develop?
o The idea that individuals have a coherent sexual identity involving a preference for either
opposite sex or same sex partners did not exist until the 19 th
1. How do Americans feel about marriage and families?
Some people are concerned about the diversity of American families, while others are pleased by
it. Those who are concerned support public policies that support marriage, whereas those who
Families have become much more diverse over the past half-century
Some observers are concerned about the increasing proportion of children who are not being
raised by two married, biological parents.
Others argue that the alternative family
individualism - a style of life in which individuals pursue their own interests and
place great importance on developing a personally rewarding life.
utilitarian individualism - a style of life that emphasizes self-reliance and personal
Chapter 2 Notes
Hunter-gatherers people who wander through forests or over plains in
small bands, hunting animals and gathering edible plants.
Lineage a form of kinship group in which descent is traced through
either the fathers or the m
Marriage and Family Notes Day 1
What is this course about?
o Family is?
A family is people who love and care about one another.
o There are two forms of family the form side and the function side
Example of form: Public
Related by blood or marriage