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FAD 2230 Week 2 Notes

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This week, we finished chapter 2 and 3!
Family Relationships: A lifespan development approach
Dr. Mallory Greer
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Date Created: 09/15/16
FAD2230 Chapter 2: Social Status: Sex & Gender, Race & Ethnicity, Social Class  Our choices, even personal ones, do not exist in a vacuum. o Things outside and around us influence our choices  Social Location o Recognize that we have different experiences based on our location  Sociological Imagination o Personal experiences are shaped by forces within our society o Think about how society EMPOWERS or CONSTRIANS us  How sometimes men make more money than women  Being a woman can be a constraint in the workforce o What is it like to be a woman in our culture?  The struggle to have a career now but still be expected to start and run a family  Thought to be more vulnerable  Makeup vs no makeup  Men doing whatever they want while we have to look proper  Bic for her pens  Gender vs. Sex o Sex: Biological differences (chromosomes, hormonal profiles, sex organs) o Gender: Characteristics that a society delineates as masculine or feminine  Social Construction  Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus o The Gender Similarities Hypothesis (Janet Hyde)  Hypothesis that makes and females are similar on most, but not all, psychological variables  Findings  78% of “gender differences” were small or close to zero o IQ o Most differences that are being claimed are very small  Systematic differences in TWO areas o Motor Performance  Men can throw a ball further o Measures of Sexuality  Men masturbate more often  Men are more ok with casual sex o Why does everyone talk about the differences?  Gender socialization: We are taught the cultural norms associated with being male/female from a young age  Agents of Socialization: Who teaches us? o Parents o Schools/Teachers o TV shows o School uniforms o Toys o Peers o Mass Media  What/who is the most influential “agent of socialization” o Parents  There from day 1  Parents may be influenced by media  How does gender influence relationships? o Patriarchy: Social organization in which the expectation is that men have a natural right to be in positions of authority  Saudi Arabia is a much more patriarchal society than here  Race vs Ethnicity o Race: real or perceived physical traits deemed important by society  Skin color  Hair type o Ethnicity: Shared cultural characteristics  From the Seminole tribe  Irish/Polish/German  Cultural background o Different experiences based on skin color  Prejudice is an attitude  Women are worse than men  People can have prejudice and not act on them  Stereotypes are a judgment  Women are bad at driving  Asians are good at math  Discrimination is an action/behavior  Individual Discrimination (micro) o Not being served because of skin color o Getting a background check  Institutional Discrimination (macro) o Not allowed to vote o What is privilege?  White Privilege: Different opportunities you’re not often aware of  Cultural Trends in Families  Fastest growing minority group  Hispanics  The “model minority”  Asian American  The highest infant mortality rate and lowest life expectancy  African Americans o Consider our role as scholars and as fellow humans – what are we supposed to do to address prejudice, discrimination and inequality?  Social Class o Socioeconomic status  Occupational prestige  Education  Income o How does social class influence the family and our relationships?  Think about the family you were born into  Prince William vs. Honey Boo Boo  Higher classes  Have fewer children  Delay marriage and delay having children  Encourage education  Lower classes  Have lower health  Fewer brakes  More stress o Social Stratification  Hierarchal ranking of categories of people within society  Groups are NOT treated equally  Your ranking = more, less or different opportunities o Caste System in India  Very official  Supreme Court rules that social organization is inherited and cannot be changed  The group that you are born into  Abolished in 1947  Overt discrimination o American Dream: Social Mobility  Upward movement from one class to another  You can go further in life than your grandparents if you work hard  46.2 million people live in poverty  1 in 6 Americans  Influence of poverty on kids o Poor health/nutrition **** o Lower quality home environment o Parental stress and mental health problems o Child behavior problems and mental health  Spilling from the parent’s issues o Fewer resources fro learning o Housing problems o Poor quality neighborhoods  Family Stress Model (Conger et al, 2010) o Financial Hardship  Parent Distress  Disrupted Family Relations  Child Adjustment (behavior issues)  How do we study families? o Research Question o Theory  Our “lens of Families  Provides basic assumptions about nature and society  Ranges from macro to micro perspective  Macro: broad concepts  Micro: relationships between people o Hypothesis o Research Methodology FAD2230 Chapter 3: Rational Choice/ Social Exchange Theory  Utility o Ability of something to satisfy needs or wants o Quality or state of being useful, profitable or beneficial  Framework o Rooted in utilitarianism: suggests that individuals rationally weigh the rewards and costs associated with behavioral choices o “Proper” course of action will maximize benefits and reduce adverse outcomes  Exchange Theory o Examines motivation (what propels a person to act) o Focus and Assumptions  1. The individual is real  The methodological individualism: Actions reflect society  2. Prediction and understanding by understanding the individuals  Motivation  3. Actors are motivated by self-interest  4. Actors are rational  Assumes people calculate ration of costs and rewards  Concepts o Rewards and costs o Profits or maximizing utility o Comparison Level  Comparing yourself to someone in the same position but with different experiences  Ex: Comparing your dating relationship to a friend in a dating relationship that feels differently (happy in the relationship) o Comparison level for alternatives  Comparing yourself to someone in a different situation than you are  Ex: Comparing your dating relationship to a single friend o Rationality  Value of rewards changes over time  Ex: Valuing an all you can eat buffet can change to preferring tapas o Exchanges and equity in relationships  Does the relationship feel fair? o Human capital and social capital  Human capital: knowledge, skills and techniques acquired by an individual  Social capital: Relationships between people  This is a valuable thing o Generalizable sources of rewards  As a society, we value rewards  Propositions o 1. Actors will choose whichever behavior maximizes profit  It may feel like you are choosing stress, but you’re choosing success in the future o 2. In a situation with no rewards, actors seek to minimize costs  Principle of least costs What does exchange theory tell us about families? o Voluntaristic notion: We have choices, so when we engage in a relationship


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