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Lecture 2: Families in Transition

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Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCB49H3
Professor
Ping- Chun Hsiung

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SOCB49 – Lecture 2 (Jan. 14) Family in Transition Census of 2006  First time that same-sex couples were included, before then there are no records.  Same-sex relationships increased 5 times faster than heterosexual relationships.  Common law families increased faster than heterosexual  Why? o Same-sex marriage was allowed, and therefore they were more willing to register their relationships which existed much longer than the laws. The legalization captured and reinforced the recording of their existence. o Less than 50% of the adult population was married. More were unmarried than married. The Staging of Everyday Family Life  It takes effort, negotiation, willingness to make family activities happen.  The concept that allows us to take a closer look at what happens in family life. Family as a Social Institution  Macro, Structural Changes o Involves planning, decision making, individual effort (Micro level) o Overall Patterns o Positive Effects  Able to have a more diverse, and desirable lifestyle. o Negative Effects  Growing income inequalities  Example: the recessions in Europe affect the Canadian economy.  This also puts a lot of pressure on parents to provide for their family.  The instabilities of paid employment makes it more difficult for individuals to organize their family life. o Work (Macro Level) is seen as paid employment, the globalization of economic values, limited control over working conditions, what we can purchase, etc. o Families are affected by local factors, AND globalization.  Micro Practices and Activities o Deliberate, personal effort  Example: Family dinners, celebrating birthdays, etc. o Entering into uncharted territory  In the past it was assumed that the patterns of having your mom at home and dad working was typical.  Now most families rely on two incomes, sometimes the woman makes more money than her husband. There are even “house husbands” o On-going negotiation  Caused from the instability at the macro level.  Have to make decisions on who does what, when, how they do it, how they decide who is going to do it, etc.  Who
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