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SOCI 1002

Sociology of the Family Sociology of Knowledge of Family Concepts are a combination of ideas and words They are clusters of cases that allow the distinguishing two things from each other We can keep a concept narrow or we can expand it to include many things ie Culture class race gender mass media the body technology religion and education Concepts are the results of the question What is x like what is a familyNot all definitions are equalissues of powerTypologies are classification schemes that allow is to distinguish between several types of something like concepts Typologies can be two typetypologies like binaries or they can be more complex typologies which include three types or more ie social movements organizations democracies or like the family today Typologies are the result of the question what are the different types of x Like what are the different types of families Mapping out the Family Families as relationships in which people live together with commitment form an economic unit and care for any young and consider their identity to be significantly attached to the groupContemporary Families are responsible for Regulating sexual activity Socializing children Providing affection and companionship to family members Two Types of Families Family of Orientationis the family into which a person is born and in which early socialization usually takes place Family of Procreationis the family that a person forms by having or adopting childrenDecline of Traditional Nuclear Family Concern expressed by some about decline of nuclear family which is one or two parents and their dependent children all of which live apart from other relatives Traditional Nuclear Familyfamily in which wife works without pay in the home while husband works outside home for money making him primary provider Has been decrease in traditional nuclear families since 1940s and increasing prevalence of new family formsMarriage and Cohabitation Marriage is a legally recognized andor socially approved arrangement between two or more individuals that carries certain rights and obligations and usually involves sexual activity monogamy only legally sanctioned form in Canada Cohabitation refers to a couples living together without being legally married commonlaw Grown from 56 of families in 1981 to 155 in 2005Also varies by province 33 of Quebec families are commonlaw
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