Steven Mintz. 2010. American Childhood As a Social and Cultural Construct in Familiesas
TheyReallyAre.Op.cit. pp. 48-52 only.
RG: Give two examples of specific changes that have occurred in our view of childhood and
children since the 18th century.
Soc 131 study guide:
Identify and define each term on the list. Be familiar enough with the meanings so that you can describe
and/or identify an example. You should be able to spell them correctly.
A. *Kin Terminology: (See chart in Resources on Smartsite
Prof. Diane Wolf
TIMOTHY J. BIBLARZ AND EVREN SAVCI University of Southern California
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families
This article reviews new scholarship on lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender families. The
past decade witnessed rapid expansion of da
I HISTORICAL CONTEXT: REVIEW of Pleck, Mintz, Cot
Review: Can only be understood in historical context of changes in fatherhood and childhood.
Western family historically: patriarchal, patrilineal, patrilocal.
3. Before early to
1. Matchmaking as an occupation
2. Attempt to match up in terms of class, status, race, religion, and for the men, future prospects
3. What to look for in childs prospective partner : good family, good n
CLASS, RACE, AND FAMILIES
IDEOLOGIES OF WEALTH AND CLASS
1. AMERICAN DREAM: YOU HAVE TO WANT IT
2. WHAT DOES THAT TELL US ABOUT THE NON-WEALTHY?
3. THEORETICAL EXPLANATIONS FOR WHY THE POOR REMAIN POOR:
-CULTURE OF POVERTY [Functionalist]
FAMILY BALANCING ACTS
I Gender Ideology
1. Ideal is shared paid and unpaid work, not by gender but flexible (Wade-Ferree 252)
2. Actual practices look different, esp. after first child and then definitely after 2 nd or more
3. Gay male parents
Concepts and Theories
What is the family?
Culturally and historically specific (Coontz)
Universal, but no universal definition.
Importance/relevance of definition
How family is usually define
STUDY GUIDE FOR EXAM II
*Most of these concepts and their use are reflected in the Reading Guide questions which you
should be able to answer as well as in outlines from lecture.
RELEVANT CONCEPTS FOR EXAM II
Since Exam I: