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September 8, 2016
Sociology of Families
Why Sociology of Families
Sociology of the family is a branch of sociology studying the construction and role of
families, as well as the relations both within the domestic sphere and outward into the
work sphere
oBetter definition
Sociology of the family is the study of the family unit from a sociological viewpoint. The
examination is dominated by social class, gender and ethnicity analysis. Further
sociology of the family views the effect of social change on the family
Among all the changes going on today, none are more important than those happening
in our personal lives – in sexuality, relationships, marriage and the family.
oGibbens, A. (1999). Runaway world: how globalization is reshaping our lives
Family therapist
Social worker
Legal practitioner (marriage and family law on marriage, divorce, inheritance and
property, immigration law)
Civil servant
What is a Family?
It is worth nothing that the word family originally meant a band of slaves. Even after the
word came to apply to people affiliated by blood and marriage, for many centuries the
notion of family
Defining the Family
Legal Definitions
oA variety of legal definitions exist, but there is no fixed legal definition, as the
definition often changes.
oGovernment regulations determine “family” for such services as medical and
family benefits
oCommon law spouses, single parents with one child, and same-sex couples are
all considered families under various laws and legal definitions
oCensus Family
Defined as a marriage couple and the children of either or both spouses;
a couple living common law and the children of either or both partners;
etc…
oCitizenship & Immigration Definition
(CIC) knows it is important to help families who came from other
countries to reunite in Canada. You can sponsor your spouse, common
law partner, dependent child BUT NOT a sibling
oHousehold Definition
The Canadian government also uses the term household in gathering
stats relating to family and personal life. A household is defined as the
people sharing a dwelling, whether it not be blood ties
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Social Definitions
Various groups, including religious organizations and ethnics groups, have
definitions of a family
Idiosyncratic Definitions
oThese are personal definitions of a family
oIn some cases, close friends are considered family
oIn cases of conflict (ex. Divorce), a family member may not be considered as
belonging, even though he/she may be a ‘blood’ family member
The Meaning of Families
oThe family is an intimate domestic group make up of people related to one
another by bonds of blood, sexual mating, or legal ties
oFamily will refer to cohabiting or legally married coupes (both heterosexual and
same-sex) with or without dependent children, who share a home
Cultural Variations in Families
Nuclear Family
oComprised only of couples or parents and their children
oHusband and wife pair with kids
Extended Family
oA type of family in which relatives in addition to parents and children (such as
grandparents, aunts, uncles,) live in a single household. A nuclear family forms
the core of extended family
Stem Families and Joint Families
oStem families are multigenerational families with no more than one married
child
oJoin Families are multigenerational families with 2 or more married children
Marriage
oA socially approved sexual union of some permanence between 2 or more
individuals
oA socially sanctioned sexual and economic union between 2 or more individuals
Marriage and Culture
Marriage differs among cultures and has changed historically
Who may marry whom and at what age varies from one society to another
Forms of Marriage
oMonogamy: one man, one women, or two individuals
oPolygamy:
Polygany: 1 man, 2 women
Polyandry: 1 women, 2 men
oExogamy:
Patriarchy and Matriarchy
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Document Summary

Sociology of the family is a branch of sociology studying the construction and role of families, as well as the relations both within the domestic sphere and outward into the work sphere: better definition. Sociology of the family is the study of the family unit from a sociological viewpoint. The examination is dominated by social class, gender and ethnicity analysis. Further sociology of the family views the effect of social change on the family. Among all the changes going on today, none are more important than those happening in our personal lives in sexuality, relationships, marriage and the family: gibbens, a. (1999). Runaway world: how globalization is reshaping our lives. Legal practitioner (marriage and family law on marriage, divorce, inheritance and property, immigration law) It is worth nothing that the word family originally meant a band of slaves. Even after the word came to apply to people affiliated by blood and marriage, for many centuries the notion of family.

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