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Chapter 15

Chapter 15- COMPASS

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Traditional nuclear family is a nuclear family in which the wife works in the home without pay while the husband works outside the home for money. This makes the man the primary provider and ultimate authority In 1940s and 1950s sociologists believed that the nuclear family was the most widespread and ideal family form. The working mother was seen as a unmitigated disaster by functionalist Arguments 1. Families have been structured in many ways and that the diversity of family forms is increasing as people accommodate new social pressures. 2. The changing family forms do not represent weakening in the quality of peoples lives. 3. Decrease of the traditional nuclear family has benefited many men and women and children 4. The various economic and political reforms such as daycare can eliminate negative effects of single parents households. Functional Theory- For any society to survive, its members must cooperate- they must have babies In their view nuclear traditional families perform five main functions. Sexual activity, economic cooperation, reproduction, socialization, and economic support. Polygamy- expands the nuclear family horizontally by adding one or more spouse to the household. Extended family- expands the nuclear family vertically by adding another generation- one of more of the spouses parents to the household. Marriage- socially approved long term sexual and economic union between a man and a woman. 1. Sexual regulation without this anyone could have sex wherever, whenever and with whomever they pleased. Estimate that by the year 2010, close to 85 percent of Canadians will approve of non-marital sex. 2. Economic Cooperation On average women are physically weaker than men pregnancy and nursing have restricted women in their activities. Men seem more cable to lumber, mine, clear land, and build a house while women are capable to www.notesolution.com
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