WGS200Y5 Lecture Notes - Puritans, George Brown College, Adrienne Rich

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Families
I. Introducing the Family
II. Institutionalized Aspects of the Family
a. Economic
b. Political
c. Religious
d. Social
III. The Family and Gender: The Marital Unit
a. Gendering marriage
b. Divorce
c. Custody
d. Childcare
IV. Motherhood
a. Social construction of motherhood
b. Becoming a mother
c. Ideologies of motherhood
d. Changing motherhood [Canada, women over 40]
e. Critiquing motherhood
V. Feminist Critiques of the family as a patriarchal institution
I. Introducing the Family
religious political social...love
-Institution: privilege and inequality
-- an institution is
- Role of patriarchy
Kinship Systems
-Patterned around marriage
monogamy: two people exclusively to form economic unit and children
Polygamy: a man takes more than one wife
-Extended family vs. “nuclear” family
Normative Notions of Family
-Middle class
- heterosexual
-married with children
Realities
-single parents
-multi generational households
- cooperative living arrangements
- grandparents (or other family members) raising children
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