SOC303 1/10/2013 11:17:00 AM
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,
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,
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
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,
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
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