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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCA02H3
Professor
Sheldon Ungar
Semester
Winter

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Families Key issues: ­family is valued but seen as threatened     *divorce, teenage pregnancy, violence ­we look back at the family in history       *avoid nostalgia       *argue: behavior is a function of the social conditions under which it occurs nuclear family as beneficial  ­regulates sexual behavior and reproduction  ­socialization  ­protection affection and emotional relatedness ­economic unit confers status  family (especially under capitalism) ­economic rather than emotional unit  ­oppressive ­women as dependent labour economic unit than an emotional other societies such as pre capitalist pre­industrial European family ­not idealized past but seek out the facts       * piece it together from church records graves, medical reports, ect…  guiding hypothesis ­behaviour is a function of the social conditions under which it occurs eg. Lack resources lead to medical rationing Family hypothesis  ­pre­industrial family as extended  underlies the nostalgia  the reality is more complex mix struction of the house hold borders and these familys condition to family life industrialization leads to isolation of the nuclear family is this good or bad? Doesn’t always lead to this Idea the extended family was good  Pre­industrial home Often just all in one room There was rooms where you’d choke a lot  And you would have extended and strangers living with eachother Birth and deaths  ­maybe 1 in 3 make it past five  ­ mant women die in childbirth           many parents would expect there children to out live them but didn’t  such as marx made it past 5 means likely hood you would live on and you survive on all the nasty  disease  women were sick after birth and if women had babies from the side then force it out could kill you variables 2 ­household size and composition       ­crowding  bigger the family, more food, more beds and children would leave early at 7 and would put them in the labour forces richer families would keep there children at home and would have bigger house  fewer adults then expected  often the father died a lot of older women married to younger men  and one for birth control didn’t get pregnet  mothers tend to be older 5­7years  mothers died often so remarriage  and common in fairy tales the wicked step mother part of reality someone else’s 
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