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Test #2 Study Guide Soc 112

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American Family: Change and Diversity
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Date Created: 10/13/16
10/13/16 SOCIOLOGY 112: TEST #2 STUGDY GUIDE 1. CHAPTER 5: RACE, ETHNICITY, CLASS AND GENDER A. Stratification 1. Social stratification: the organizing of groups based on differences, real of perceived such as age • Economically based on occupation, wealth, income • Fluid with no clear boundaries • You can move between social classes based on things such as an economic disaster or winning the lottery • Relationship between classes • Upper class can’t survive without the lower class and middle class can’t survive without the lower class 2. Socioeconomic status • Max Weber says socioeconomic status is a multi -dimensional ranking consisting of the following • Class (Income and wealth) • Status (prestige of occupation) • Political power (ability to influence) B. Culture of Poverty 1. The Cycle • Poor family with young children, results in substandard living conditions • Leads to poor school systems or a disinterest in school • Look for escape, can be found by a low wage • Low educational background, poor work history • Make poor decisions, take on adult responsibility too early (like kids) • Children are raised in the cycle 2. Critiques of Culture of poverty • Lack of 2 parent families • Educated, fully -employed women have low poverty rates • Welfare to blame for poverty • “have kids to get more money from the government” 3. Types of Poverty • Relative Poverty: deprivation of some people in relation to others • Bottom 20% • Absolute Poverty: deprivation of resources that is life threatening • Lack of water, food, clothing, shelter 2. CHAPTER 6: WORK, HOU SEWORK, AND WOMEN A. Study of work 1. Industrialization • Spheres of home and work were separated • Women connected to the home while men are more connected to work 2. Job Model • Focuses on working conditions, opportunities, problems & job expectation • Use this to discuss men’s relationshi p to labor force • Obligations as family members not related to work • Gender Model: ignores working conditions and job characteristics and instead focuses on personal characteristics to explain behavior at work 3. Relationship/Work Preferences • Women • Egalitarian Relationship i. “I want to make equal wages as my partner” • Autonomous relationship i. “If I can’t make equal wages, I’ll just remain single” • Men • Egalitarian i. “I want to make equal wages as my partner” • Neotraditional relationship i. “I’ll be the breadwinner an d work full time and leave the house/childcare to my wife” B. Macro Perspective to Women entering labor force. 1. Supply side • Work at home decreased in value • Lower birth rates • Labor-saving devices in the home 2 2. Demand side • Identifies occupations as women’s work • Ex. Nurse, secretary, cosmetologist, teacher • Created a pull for women to enter labor market 3. Social Structure • Improved birth control • Increased life span • Improved technology • Easier to buy goods than to make them C. Micro Perspective to enter labor force 1. Early Chilhood experiences • Direct correlation to seeing mom work and the daughter working 2. Consider social roles and cost of domesticity • Push vs. Pull • More finances vs. importance of a parent at home raising the kids 3. Ability of husband to provide finances • Falling into gender roles • What’s the husband’s attitude towards his wife working? D. How does work influence family? 1. Absorption- how a job draws in an employee and family 2. Time and timing • Amount of time spent at work • Flex schedule vs. rigid hours • Long ter m commitments? 3. Income brought in • Women average only 36% of family income • Only 25% earn more than their husbands 4. Worldview • Ideas promoted at work influence behaviors at home • Ex. Police officer, teacher, therapist, nurse • Social psychological influences a t work can effect families too! • “Bring home work with you” 3 3. CHAPTER 7: HOUSEWORK A. Oakley’s Classic research on housewives (1960) 1. Tasks were monotonous, never ending, lonely 2. Long hours limit ability to engage in other activities 3. Unpaid work in a money -based economy • Work is devalued • Worker is devalued • Appear to be unproductive B. Today 1. Number of stay at home dads has almost doubled since 1989 2. Housework for men has increased since 1990 3. 92% of all adults thought it was very important t o share household chores FOUR IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KNOW $56,516—Median Household Income 80 cents—What a woman makes for every dollar a man makes 13.5%-- Overall Poverty Rate $24,300 for a family of 4 4. 45-54 year olds make the most money 5. 4


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