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SOC303 1/10/2013 11:17:00 AM SOC303H1 FAMILY DEMOGRAPHY What is a “family”?  Rather than legal or sociological definitions, we mostly apply personal definitions of “family” when exposed to the term  Divides access to services; ie gay couples not able to access medical information of partner, etc.  Every definition excludes someone, altho we see in the census a steady progression as to what the definition is. More ambiguous, less finite. Dad: lawyer. Raised in regina, younger sibling to older sister marylin. Lost mother at age 9. Small community, spent high school years travelling as part of jewish youth group (main composition of friend group), parents were 2ndgeneration Canadians, grandparents were immigrants. Mom: raised in small town ohio USA, Ben: Joe: Uncle Paul: Zeida Jack: Bubi Sophie: Marylin: Poppy: Grammy: Uncle Richard: Uncle steve: Aunt nancy: January 17 lecture 2 Nuptiality: mate selection  The formation of a family is, like the definition of family itself, ambiguous and not clearly defined. Ie does a family start at cohabitation, or formal marriage, or once a child occurs? o Generally based on personal definitions o Raises issues as to benefits and obligations within a family unit  Nuptiality: “frequency or incidence of marriage in a population” o Demographic study of it includes all aspects of family formation and dissolution. o “demographic process in which individuals move between various marital states” o strongly interconnected with other demographic trends, st particularly fertility ex. 1 marriages result in pregnancies more than 2 nd marriages. o Common trend of delaying marriage til older affects pregnancies as age decreases fertility rates of women. o Numerous factors impact nupitality like economic conditions (better economic state = increased marriage rates, and vice versa)  Marriage and divorce rates: o Crude marriage rate:  Total number of marriages in a year, at the mid year population, times 1000 o General marriage rate:  Same ^ for number of females 15 & older at mid
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