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GOV 312L Lecture Notes - Lecture 28: Intersectionality, Modern Liberalism In The United States, KauaiPremium

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Department
Government
Course Code
GOV 312L
Professor
Christina Bambrick
Lecture
28

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GOV312L - Unit 3 Summary notes 3.10
Changes in the family
The “traditional family” vs. the family as a collection of individuals (with flued, detachable
ties)
Women still tend to be the primary caregivers
o More vulnerable to divorce and fluctuations in the labor market (lower pay, lower
status, less security)
Public interest in the conditions under which children are raised, and the education of
citizens
o Public cannot be indifferent
Disagreement between conservatives and liberals about family policy
Consensus on whit it matters:
o Healthy family enable ppl to reach full potential
o Dysfunctional families breed delinquency and crime
o Families = main source for work force
Funds for social security, contributes to econ
The Kauai Study
Began in 1950s
Traced children throughout lives
o Looked at factors that influenced them
Personality, personal characteristics
Stable, interactive, intact household
Support systems external to family; school, clubs, sports
These mutually reinforcing protective factors are less secure due to social/economic
developments
We don’t talk about these things, only talk about rights talk
Potential solutions
o Need to be supportive of families and associations, and not inadvertently
discourage, impede, or penalize those responsibly trying to carry out family roles
o If we divorce rights from a fuller picture of what human beings need, that won’t
work
o Need to talk about family and community in addition to rights
Conclusions
Relationships necessary for human ends and happiness
o Networks, communities, etc. are essential for
Good of individual, Human development
System of govt. (Structure of human relationships)
In addition to networks/community for personal preferences, it enables us to discuss
rights, debate topics, etc.
Critique of identity
How should diversity shape out politics?
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