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Chapter 15

Chapter 15

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

CHAPTER 15: FAMILIES • Nuclear family consists of a cohabiting man and woman who maintain a socially approved sexual relationship and have at least one child • Traditional nuclear family- a nuclear family in which the husband works outside the home for money and the wife works without pay in the home • Rising rates of crime, illegal drug use, poverty and welfare dependency can be traced to fact that so many Canadian children are not living in 2 parent homes with stay at home moms • In the view of functionalists, nuclear family performs 5 main functions: basis for regulated sexual activity, economic cooperation, reproduction, socialization and emotional support • Estimated that by 2010, close to 85% Canadians will approve of non marital sex • Polygamy- expands the nuclear family “horizontally” by adding one or more spouses (usually women) to the household • Extended family- expands the nuclear family “vertically” by adding another generation- one or more of the spouses parents- to the household • Marriage- a socially approved, presumably long term sexual and economic union between a man and a women. It involves reciprocal rights and obligations between spouses and between parents and children • Forager societies are nomadic groups of 100 or fewer people • Relative gender equality is based on fact that women produce up to 80% of food • Middle class women engaged in “orgy of domestication” in post war years, devoting increasing attention to child rearing and housework arrival of gender equality- wrong • the selection of marriate partners was based on calculationg intended to maximize prestige, economic benefits and political advantages accruing to the families from which the bride and groom came • Engels analysis that only the elimination of provate property and creation of economic equality- communism- can bring an end to traditional nuclear family and mark arri • Divorce rate- number of divorces that occur in a year for every 1000 people in the population • Marriage rate- number of marriages that occur in a year for every 1000 people in the population • Total fertility rate- the average number of children that would be born to a wo
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