Sociology of Families Chapter 2
Sociology of Families Chapter 2 Soc 2150
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Chapter 2 Soc Families Critical Thinking Steps: o Understand the problem o Gather info o Develop solution o Evaluate effectiveness Magical Thinking Examples o Stay away from certain numbers o Superstitious Macro level orientation- top down view- large scale patterns of society Micro level orientation- bottom up view- small scale Manifest Functions- intended, conscious Latent Functions- unintended, unconscious, hidden purpose Measuring Families: Informal social research- daily Formal social research o Designed question and hypothesis o Consistent o Methodically record observations o Statistical analysis o Can be Replicated Theory= set of statements or propositions that seek to explain or predict a particular aspect of social life Structural functionalism perspective o Family is necessary for emotional and socialization stability Conflict Theory o Conflict and struggle over power and resources. Focusing on the way social structure contributes to inequality Larger class system Microcosm of society Feminist Theory o Women’s subordination in families by arguing that men are dominant Not necessarily a view taken by women Friedrich Engles- abolish monogamy Thought that women stay home and do housework while men get the high paying jobs Social Exchange Theory o Individuals maximize rewards Find a relationship based on most beneficial or profitable for both partners Expectations from past relationships are very influential Symbolic Interactionism o Understand society by analyzing day to day interactions of individuals, pairs, groups. o Society and culture influence symbols we use to communicate Interpret behaviors Sociobiology o All human behaviors are influenced by biology o Desire to ensure genes passed on to future generations to ensure survival Ecological o Family is influenced by environment Family Development o Family members accomplish tasks through the family life cycle Family Life Cycle Married couple-no children Child bearing family Family with preschoolers Family with school children Family with adolescents Family as launching center Middle aged family- no children Aging family Research: 1. Survey 2. Clinical 3. Observational research 4. Experimental Possible flaws in research: Bias No control group Time and variable distortion Reliable and valid?
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