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HDFS 334, week 1 notes

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History of family life in America
Parenting Across the Lifespan
Jaime Marie Rotner
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Natalie Tufford on Sunday August 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HDFS 334 at Colorado State University taught by Jaime Marie Rotner in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 36 views. For similar materials see Parenting Across the Lifespan in Human Dev&Family Studies at Colorado State University.

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Date Created: 08/28/16
Family and Parenthood across the Life Cycle Main concept: 1. Defining the Family Historical Perspectives 1. Defining the Family Historical Perspectives  Definitions of family o U.S. Census Bureau definition of family: “Two or more people living together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption” o Journal of Marriage and Family: “A relationship by blood, marriage, or affection, which members may cooperate economically, may care for children, and may consider their identity to be intimately connected to the larger group”  Includes family orientation and family of procreation  Fictive kin: social connection based off of biological or marriage relationships o Societies definition:  Affects rights of individuals. Example: Visitation right in a hospital usually go to only those blood related  Functions of families o Regulation of sexual behavior, reproducing and socializing children, property and inheritance, economic cooperation, social placement/status/roles, care/warmth, protection/intimacy  Micro-level vs. Macro-level Perspectives o Micro-level: focus on individual interaction in specific settings  Doesn’t consider cultural or social context! o Macro-level: Focuses on the interconnectedness of marriage, families, and intimate relationships within the rest of society  Social influences on marriages include: culture, history, power inequality, economy, political system, religion, and social status  History of family life in the United States o Colonial Society  Families were main source of economic production, education (home schooled), and religion (prayed together in home) o 17 Century (Colonial time)  Slave trade was well underway  Opposite affects of slave families: broke families apart with trading  Slave families had a lot of th rthilience o 19 and 20 Centuries  Industrialization  Shift of working from home to working in society  Child labor laws came about  Urbanization  Families moved to cities (for jobs)  Immigration  Huge amount of immigration changed cultural dynamics o Families Today  Increased amount of women in the workforce  Shift in gender roles in the household and in society (micro and macro levels)  Increased social inequality  Negative impacts on lower classes from the recession  Potential negative impacts on families with increased work hours  Strain on partnership  Strain on kids (results: aggression, delinquency)  Compassionate family emerged after 2 world wars, the depression, and technological advances  Focus on personal happiness, partner intimacy (choosing them out of love/dating), sexual attractions  Noticeable patterns:  Minimum wage doesn’t support families  More women in higher education than men  Both men and women are postponing marriage  People aren’t having as many kids)  Divorce rate declined o Class Dynamics  Poor class, working class, middle class, upper middle class, and upper class  Poor class mostly consists of immigrants  Emerged with urbanization  Gender roles and the socialization of children differ between classes


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