Sociology 2235 Study Guide - Group Marriage, Matriarchy, Monogamy

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School
Western University
Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2235
Professor
Tuesday September 18, 2012
Soc 2235 Family
Video the sociology of families and households
sociological approaches to the family
o 3 key issues
Describe and classify (what are families)
What families do
How families work
o Extended families - households close together depended on each other if job lost
o Nuclear families 2 adults M&F small household with a limited number of a children
o Parsons 2 functions
Primary socialization learn norms and values of the society through the family
Stabilization - maintaining routine keeping us a functioning member of
society
o Middle class and upper class had different experiences
o Feminist theory patriarchy (male dominance)
o Early theories of family
All saw families as functional
Maintain the status quo
Families work on distinct roles
o Fragmentation and Diversity
o less marriages now cohabitation first 40% of births before marriage
o divorce rates are a lot higher now
o 1 in5 lone parent households
o Contemporary approach to families
Shift away from just nuclear families and now other types
o Reflexivity
o Plastic identity begin to make choices who we are and who we want to become
o Individualistic what that individual wants not a collective attitude
o 20-23% won’t have kids (our generation)
o Most divorces happen in the first 3 years
Studying Family
Why study family?
o Major (most important) social institution in our society
Critically important because the functions of family primary socialize
Maintaining societies survival the “glue”
How your life is organized
Why is it difficult to study families?
o Limited knowledge of family
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Video the sociology of families and households sociological approaches to the family: 3 key issues. How families work: extended families - households close together depended on each other if job lost, nuclear families 2 adults m&f small household with a limited number of a children, parsons 2 functions. Primary socialization learn norms and values of the society through the family. Stabilization - maintaining routine keeping us a functioning member of society: middle class and upper class had different experiences, feminist theory patriarchy (male dominance, early theories of family. Families work on distinct roles less marriages now cohabitation first 40% of births before marriage: fragmentation and diversity, divorce rates are a lot higher now, 1 in5 lone parent households, contemporary approach to families. Individualistic what that individual wants not a collective attitude. Why study family: major (most important) social institution in our society. Critically important because the functions of family primary socialize.

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