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Chapter 13Dec 12 2010SOC110150 years ago the majority of Canadian families were made up of 2 adults in permanent union that produced 35 childrenNow when we think of families we think of diversitychange and exceptions are the ruleSeparation divorce remarriageblended families are the reality for most CanadiansStill family life is a source of personal satisfactionhappinessPressing social issues like samesex marriage divorce childcarenew reproductive technologies are exs of how familiesintimate relationships continue to changeFamilies in Global PerspectiveDefining FamilyWhats a familyTerm means diff things to diff pplFor Aborigs children are cared for by relatives in the extended familytheir family incl their uncles grandparentsother relativesCommunity is the family for children who spend most of their days in schoolseat away from their parentsFamilies we choose social arrangements that incl intimate relationships btw couplesclose familial relationships with other couples and with other adultschildrenMany gay menlesbians have thisDiff groups define their family lives in unique ways depending onof factors Incl socioeconomic background immigrant status religious beliefs or cultural practicestraditionsFamily standard sociological definition has been a group of ppl who are related to eo by bonds of blood marriage or adoptionswho live together form an economic unitbear and raise childrenThis definition is challenged bc it doesnt match the reality of family life in contemporary societyToday family incl many types of living arrangementsrelationshipsIncl single parents unmarried couples lesbiangay couples and multiple generations living in the same household children grandparents etcFamilies relationships in which ppl live together with commitment form an economic unit care for any youngconsider their identity to be sig attached to the groupSexual expressionparentchildren relationships are a part of most family relationshipsUse sociological imagination to see how our personal experiences relate to the larger things in our societyAt microlevel each of us has a biography based on our experiences in a familyAt macrolevel our families are a part of a specific social context that has a major impact on themFamily structureCharacteristicsKinship a social network of ppl based on common ancestry marriage or adoptionPrimary form of social organization in preindustrial societiesPpl cooperate so they can acquire basic necessities of life incl foodsheltersA means by which property is transferred goods produceddistributedpower is allocatedWith industrial societies other social institutions fulfil some of these functionsPolitical systems provide structures of social controlauthorityEconomic systems for productiondistribution of goodsservicesSo families in these societies serve fewermore specialized purposes than families in preindustrialized societiesContemporary families are responsible for regulating sexual activity socializing childrenproviding affection and companionship for family membersWhen we talk about our own family we refer to a familysocial groupComposed of specific identifiable pplWhen we talk about the family as a social institution were talking about ideologiesstandardized patterns of behaviour that organize family life Standardized way of doing somethingFamilies of OrientationProcreationMost of us will be members of 2 diff families1Family of orientation the family into which a person is bornin which early socialization usually takes placeBlood tieslegal ties for adoptedYoung ppl leave this family as they reach adulthood finish school or get marriedBut older ppl remain actively involved in these relationshipsreturn2Family of procreation the family that a person forms by having or adopting childrenLegalblood ties found hereRelationship btw husbandwifelegalRelationship btw parentchildblood or legalExtendedNuclear FamiliesExtended family a family unit composed of relatives in addition to parentschildren who live in the same householdIncl grandparents aunts etc who live in close proximity to parentschildrenFamily members can share resourcesNuclear family family comprising 12 parentstheir dependent children all of whom live apart from other relatives
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