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SOCI1025 Courtship and Marriage- Test One Study Guide

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Study guide to Test One referencing: Risman & Rutter. Families As They Really Are. (2nd ed.). Norton. Professor Wilson
Courtship and Marriage
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SOCI1025: Courtship and Marriage  Test One Study Guide  Family: Social institution found in all societies that unites people in cooperative groups to care  for one another, including any children Kinship: Social bond based on blood, marriage, or adoption Marriage: A legal relationship, usually involving economic cooperation, exclusive sexual  activity, and childbearing Extended Family: Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, step families, etc.  Nuclear Family: Parent /parents and their children Monogamy: Marriage between two individuals Polygamy: An individual having more than one spouse Homogamy: Marriage between people with the same social characteristics Cohabitation: The sharing of a household by an unmarried couple Incest taboo: Norm forbidding sexual relations or marriage between certain relatives Stages of Family Life Courtship and romantic love  Shift from arranged to romantic choice Ideal and real marriage  American culture gives idolized picture of marriage  Sexual issues: the new and exciting declines over time, infidelity. Child rearing  Expense  Lifelong commitment: development delays, disabled, terminal illness Family in later life  Empty nest syndrome  Adults in midlife caring for ailing parents  Death of significant other Problems in Family life  Transition from ideal to real marriage  Divorce: love fades, people change, divorces are easily gotten…creates new issues with  transition period for blended families  MH issues within family   Family Violence  Patterns in Family definitions Exclusionists: Most restrictive” traditional” definition of family. Strongly emphasize  heterosexual, married households with children.  Inclusionists:  Broad definition that includes each living arrangement as family­ as long as the  living arrangement feels like and functions like a family. Moderates: Positioned between the two prior definitions of family.  Units of analysis Macro­ level:  Focus on the interconnectedness of marriage, families, and intimate relationships  with the rest of society. Micro­ level: Focus on the individual and his or her interactions in a specific setting Gender differences Sex­ biological category of being genetically male or female Gender­ Culturally and socially constructed differences between males and females found in  meaning, beliefs, and practices associated with being male or female. (this varies by culture, by  location, and over history.)  There is far more variation and difference in our socially defined gender category than  there is between biological sex category. In fact, we as females and males are far more  similar than different. The differences we perceive between women and men are socially  constructed not genetically pre­ determined.   This is important to keep in mind because gender socialization and social construction of  gender helps support patterns of inequality between women and men by magnifying  differences between the two and ultimately assigning greater value to men and lesser  value to women.  Gender socialization: Teaching cultural norms associated with being male or female Heterosexism­ a system of inequality in which heterosexuals and heterosexuality are valued  more than homosexuals and homosexuality Homophobia­ devaluing anyone who appears to be homosexual; for men, being afraid not to  appear masculine enough.  How one appears and how one is perceived may actually have little to do with who the  person is (straight, gay, lesbian). Homophobia comes about BECAUSE of heterosexism Homophobia is also based on sexism­ many people are worried about boys reinforcing  traditional masculine gender roles because they believe that femininity is bad and they devalue it. Androcentrism: the valuing of all­things­masculine over all­things­feminine, comes into play  when discussing gender construction and homophobia.  It’s okay for everyone to do things deemed masculine but only women can be feminine  because femininity is not associated with power and is devalued. A boy who does things  that girls like to do may be perceived as not being a real boy­ this is where homophobia  comes into play. Gay men are typically devalued because they have sex with other  men, which is viewed as the upmost feminine act.  Citations nd Risman & Rutter. Families As They Really Are. (2  ed.). Norton.  Professor Wilson  


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