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HIST 2800
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Lecture 3
HIST 2800
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sample Outline for Essay “The Trouble with Normal”
- Playing the role of an anthropologist studying strange popular culture in:
oYouth subculture
oNuclear family
- 3 social science theories within one topic
oStructural functional
oMarketing theory??? Choose an external theory
- Use movies to observe the social construction of “normal” class
- Use school sitcoms
oBoy meets worth
oSaved by the bell
oFresh Prince of Bell Air
oWelcome back Cotter
oThat 70’s show
oFreaks & Geeks
- Think of the movies as primary sources
- Pick sitcoms 10 years apart
o50s, 60s, 70s
- Powerpoint or prezi
- 2 or 3 episodes per sitcom
Film Watched in Class
- Middle class, stay home mom
oMother is fully dressed before breakfast
oUse of birth control shows middle class
- Social class is coded with the family dynamic
oChummy and friendly husband, which you wouldn’t find in a lower class
oMiddle-class tend to make fun of lower-class
- Functionalist theory: gender roles are etched in stone
oMen and women are very separate in one way or another
- Husband figure is right and powerful (Follows the functionalist perspective)
- From a feminist perspective…
oShe shouldn’t be made fun of or feel afraid
oThe humour around the issue of domestic violence is not good
- From the perspective of the mens movement
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oWho is oppressed in this situation?
Power Point slides
Historiography of Family & Childhood
“Mothers, Babies, Blood and Fairies”
Henry Mayew as Social Investigator (1840s)
- Studied abortion in Victorian society
- One of the first sociologists that studied Victorian children
- Interviewed the poor just walking down the street
- The elite did not know much about the poor
oDid not have opportunity to discuss or hear their views
oThe poor did not have the right to vote
- He particularly interviewed children
oClaims that is it too hard to hear the voices of children in history
- Watercress
oThe children of the rich had a protected childhood (toys, games, clothes,
servants to look after them) – middle class child
oWorking class children were in the streets, selling flowers, working in
markets, they were servants, cleaning, helping adults, in the factories, in
the mines
oMayew was interested in the ecology of this time
oWatercress: a bundle of herbs
oThe little 8-year old that was interviewed puzzled Mayew
Working class girl
oElite members of the Victorian society receive confusion from the change
of roles (8-year old girls taking on adult/mother roles)
oThe poor felt no shame in their poverty
oThis girl had pride in her independence, but Mayew expected children of
this are to be dependent on others
oWorking-class family culture took place in the streets
Homes were too dirty, small, cramped, for any “fun” or culture to
take place
oNone of the poor wanted to live in a slum, but they were accepting of it
This disturbed the Victorians
Scarborough Grace Hospital Case
- A baby was found, abandoned, in a church parking lot
- The baby was taken to the Scarborough Grace Hospital
- The baby was healthy, named Rachel Grace (Nurse that took care of her was
named Rachel)
- They wanted to family and mother to come forward
oAssumed the family/mother was under much stress
oThe hospital wanted approval to put the baby up for adoption
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