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Lecture 5

SOC214H Lecture 5.

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th October 8 , 2913 SOC214H Lecture 5 - If a couple can‟t support themselves then they cannot establish nuclear families; there needs to be a foundation - In Canada, there are programs that help Filipino women to come to Canada to work as nannies, but they‟re under private agencies - Canada and Philippines have entered into an agreement that Canada can take a lot of Philippines population as guest workers How did we come to have the family patterns we have in Canada today? th th Family in Feudal England (5 – 14 century) - People worked in agriculture, most people were peasants or artisans or craftsmen - People were not working for wages, people were working for themselves - Feudalism is a social order, there was no central government, people were fighting over lands - These are groups of kin who start claiming royal blood. They get people to help them by offering people protection or money or lands - When people weren‟t working in their lands, they would be producing food The nobility (&royalty): the importance of the lineage o Marriage: an arrangement between lineages, to acquire connections & land (women bring a “dowry”, men bring a “bride price”) - Household was based on marriage between men & women - Wives had the importance of bearing a son (the heir) - Marriage was often against the will and it was for the sake of two lineages - A girl with a high royal lineage marrying a boy would give the boy‟s family benefits - Women in general were very powerless - When woman marries she becomes the legal minor and is under her husband - In royal families the primary concern is whether the woman can bear a boy to inherit all - Women generally had many kids - A noble man would leave the land to his wife while he‟s away and the wife would have to manage it for him; marriage is also a trusting partnership - If noble women become widows, they have a right to get 1/3 of husband‟s wealth/land Peasants/serfs: nuclear families, under the power of the manorial lord & immersed in the village community - Peasants formed nuclear families and lived as nuclear families - Peasants were also serfs and noble families had huge control over peasants‟ lives - If they were getting old, the noble person could force them to get married or even pick out their partners - Peasants owned little pieces of land but were part of the village community - Village community not only managed each other‟s lands but also managed each other‟s behaviour o I.e. if man beats up his wife, villagers would step in and help and humiliate the man - Households were units of production/work - If peasant couple has large piece of land, kids would help out on the land th October 8 , 2913 - Marriage for peasants was based not on love, it was based on practical considerations ie. is the partner good enough to support the family? o If women brought properties, they would become the men‟s and they were his to manage o Women had to bring dowry o Husband was the owner of property and his wife‟s guardian (legal coverture) - According to RC Church, man had the authority over his wife. Marri
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