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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTA01H3
Professor
Mortenser
Semester
Winter

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LIFE STAGES Young Single Adult  establish one’s independence as an individual and setting life direction  plan and obtain an appropriate education  establish social class and status  develop love relationships in connection to one’s identity  acknowledge cultural traditions of the family Newly Married Couple  determine social and gender roles  further establish social class and status  decide on parenthood  teach cultural traditions of one’s family to spouse Family with Young Children  integrate gender roles and expectations of parenthood  act as the primary agent of socialization for children  pass along cultural traditions to offspring  confirm social status and class  integrate important agents of socialization (ex: school, religion) Family with Adolescents  further integrate agents of socialization  establish balance of autonomy and control for adolescents  cope with strong social influences on the family  ensure cultural traditions are maintained by all members of the family Family in Mid-Life  launch grown children (sometimes relaunching them more than once)  incorporate new members through social institutions (like marriage)  maintain cultural traditions of the family while expanding traditions to include new members  aging and possibly developing alienation between older and younger generations Family in Later Life  adjust to retirement and possible changes in social status and class  maintain love, sex, and marital relationships  reintegrate important agents of socialization (religion)  pass along cultural traditions to future generations Henri Tajfel’s Social Identity Theory  humans seek interaction with others whenever possible, and use those experiences to shape our future responses and behaviour  who we are is formed by our gender, class, age, and culture; our daily interactions with others, where we learn about important social roles and values, also have a great influence  our behaviour in a group can also influence our attitudes and behaviours  sociologists observe group behaviour to reveal important info on individual motivation and social values  ex: conformity (process by which one changes their thoughts, feelings, and
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