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
Common law families increased faster than heterosexual
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
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
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
o Overall Patterns
o Positive Effects
Able to have a more diverse, and desirable
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
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,
o Entering into uncharted territory
In the past it was assumed that the patterns of
having your mom at home and dad working was
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.