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SOCI 2013 - 007, Week #11

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Introductory Sociology
Stefanie Collier
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ashley on Wednesday April 13, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 2013 007 at University of Arkansas taught by Stefanie Collier in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Introductory Sociology in Sociology at University of Arkansas.


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Date Created: 04/13/16
4.13.16 Family  Relationships in which people live together with commitment, form an economic unit and care for any young and consider their identity to be significantly attached to the group  Any group of persons closely related by blood  Parents and children, whether living together or not  Residential and Relational Arrangements  Historical Context o Kinship  Like a family in terms of the relational bonds  Different from a family because  Kinship networks have more autonomy than modern families  Institutions have taken over some kinship roles o Families referring only to married, heterosexual couples and their children is a  relatively new construction of ‘family’  Family has often been used to describe relationships outside of birth and  marriage  By 1800s the term ‘family’ is comprised of its smallest unit ever  Extended family – a unit comprised of relatives in addition to parents and  children who live in the same household  Nuclear family – composed of one or two parents and their dependent  children, all of whom live apart from other relatives o There is no universal definition of family o Family exists only in terms of laws and ideology o Family life, roles, organization is adaptive and reactionary  Adapts like other institutions to the changing needs of group members  Reacts to other institutional changes  Economy  Technology  War/Violence  Natural Resources o Three Systems of social and personal reproductive  Native American  European  African  In all three systems, marriage is more economic and resource­based than  emotional  Marriage is based on love is a relatively new concept  History of Family in America o Largely shaped by our economy  Varying sizes  Role of women in families and patriarchal family structure  Sociological Perpectives 4.13.16 o Functionalist Perspective  Sexual regulation  Socialization  Economic and psychological support   Provision of social status o Conflict Perspectives  Functionalists are idealists  Families are sources of social inequality  Conflict over values, goals and access to resources  Family structure is harmful to women o Post Modern Perspective  Institutions have less power over us because of individualism  Individualism has given rise to the love­marriage phenomenon, pre­ marital sex, cohabitation


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