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Date Created: 09/15/16
9/1/16    Chapter 1­   Sociology of the family­    Sociological Basics:  1) Culture  a) Like “apps” on smartphones  b) Use to function in society and of useful things  2) Socialization  a) Installation of cultural software  3) Most formative socialization agent  a) Family    Social Norms­ The informal rules, based on values, that guide what people do and how they  live.     Social Structure­   Agency: Enduring and regular social arrangements that guide or force human behavior.     Social Status­ Social positions you hold in your life­ often positions within social institutions.     Ascribed Social Status­ Something you’re born with, given to you  ● Gender, racial status, class, age  Achieved Social Status   ● What an individual worked for    Causation­ When one factor causes something  Correlation­ Two or more things having a relationship     Social Role­ How are you expected to behave given your social status    FAMILIES ARE WHAT WE THINK THEY ARE!    Defining Families­  ● We are bound legally and emotionally. As we occupy status, we learn according to  status what our role is.   ● Groups of related people, bound by connections that are biological or legal.     Family Authority­   Informal: Older grandparents, parents, older siblings  Formal: Divorced, underage, marriage, armed forces, emancipate, CPS    Ways government control families: Marriage, Birth Certificates  Families as an Institutional Arenas  ● Institutional Arena­ A social space which relations between people in common positions  are governed by accepted rules of interactions.     Theory­   ● A way of looking at how society operates.  ● Allows us to look at a single situation and take away multiple meanings.  ● World view that researches put on like pair of glasses to see in new ways.     Sociological Theorizing   ● Systematic and build upon preceding sociological work ­­­ why it’s different from day to  day, casual theorizing    Broad Perspective­   ● Consentives   ○ Consensus perspective: a perspective that projects an image of society as the  collective expression of shared norms and values  ○ Breadwinner­homemaker family: an employed father, unemployed mother and  children   ● Conflicts  ○ Conflict perspective: the view that opposition and conflict define a given society    Contemporary Theory  ● Feminism  ○ Feminist theory: a theory that seeks to understand and ultimately reduce  inequality between men and women  ○ Socialization: the process by which individuals internalize elements of the social  structure in their own personalities  ● Exchange  ○ Exchange theory: the theory that individuals or groups with different resources,  strengths, and weaknesses enter into mutual relationships to maximize their own  gains.                           


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