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Topic 4: Families Families.

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University of Toronto St. George
Adam Green

Topic 4Families Week 4 LectureNS Chp 10SIQ Chp 1819 A family isconstituted by source of contentionimportant agent of socialization leading role in shaping the habitus Nuclear Family VS Traditional Nuclear FamilyNuclear Familycomposed of a cohabiting man and womansocially approved sexual relationship have at least one child Traditional Nuclear FamilyOn top of a nuclear family the wife performs free domestic labor while the husband works outside for money Based on a gendered division of labor This form of family is in declineTraditional nuclear family is criticized by sociologists as heteronormativity a set of interrelated ideas about the traditional nuclear family 1 heterosexuality is normal and superior to homosexuality 2 heterosexual monogamous marriage is normal and superior than any other form of marriage 3 womens natural roles are to bear children and do free domestic labormens natural roles are to provide for and protect his family 1940s 50sTraditional Nuclear Family is the ideal type of familyworking women are total disaster stayhome mom is more socially acceptedeg 1950s High School Home Economics Textbook teaching girls how to be wivesprepare yourself before his arrival a warm 3course meal is what he is neededhis boring day needs a lifteliminate all noises before his arrivalwarm smilebe happy to see himprepare the children dont greet him at the doordont complain if he is late for dinner arrange his pillow and take off his shoesoothing and pleasant voicemake the evening histry understand his pressurethe goal is to make your place peace and clean and your husband can relax Growing Diversity of Canadian Families from 19812006 1 nonmarriage population increases from 169 to 313 2 nuclear family traditional decreases from more than half to about one third Functionalists argue five functions about family 1 Sexual regulation define and set boundary legitimate sex make life orderly prescribe sex regarding to when where with whom 2 Economic cooperation men are stronger specialize in lumbering land clearing mining hunt trade women are physically weaker specialize in lighter tasks that are closer to home gathering food making and preparing clothes caring childrenlabor division and trade result in more goods to be consumed the family is better off3 Reproduction children are investment of the future children are of economic value to the family do chore 4 Socialization teaching children languages religions etc
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