SOCI 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Nuclear Family, Endogamy, Exogamy

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Family- a social institution found in all societies that unites people in cooperating groups to care for one another, including any children. Kinship bonds- social bonds based on common ancestry, marriage or adoption. Nuclear family- a family composed of one or two parents and their children. Extended family- a family composed of parents and children as well as other kin. Marriage- a legal relationship, usually involving economic cooperation, sexual activity and childbearing. Endogamy- marriage between people of the same social status (race, religion, social class) Exogamy- marriage between people of different social status (inter-racial, inter-faith etc) Only legal form of marriage in most of the world. Polygamy- marriage that unites a person with 2 or more spouses. Polygany- marriage that unites one man and 2 or more women. Polyandry- marriage that unites one woman with 2 or more men.

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