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SOC 164 Week 1 Lecture Notes

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SOC 164 Week 1 Lecture Notes SOC 164

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Intimate Relationships and Families in the 21th Century Theories to Understand Family The Study of Families and Relationships
Family Relationships
Kathleen A. Nybroten
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Piper Shaw on Tuesday October 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 164 at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire taught by Kathleen A. Nybroten in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 48 views. For similar materials see Family Relationships in Sociology at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

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Date Created: 10/11/16
Lecture Notes from Week 1 Family Types  Family of Orientation o Born into  Family of Procreation o One you create (children, biological/adopted)  Family of Choice o The family that you choose (close friends) Kinship  Assigned Kinship o Related by blood or marriage  Created Kinship (Fictive Kin) o Not related but accepted into the family  Kinship Work o Keeping in contact, Celebrating, Coming together o Most often started by women Social Institution  Big organized means to provide what society needs  Family o Universal social institution o Patterns of relationships  Statuses; roles o Fulfills most basic needs of society Family Functions  Traditional o Replacement of members o Produce groups and services o Maintain order  Harmonizing individuals and societal goals  Modern o Deals with emotional crisis  Maintain meaning o Interpret social influences  Adapt to change o Recreation Three Major Functions of Family  Raising Children Responsibly  Providing Economic and Other practical Support  Offering Emotional Security Making Informed Decisions  Sliding VS Deciding o In choosing knowledgably:  Recognize as many options or alternatives as possible  Recognizing the social pressures that may influence personal choices Four Major Themes  Make personal decisions throughout your life  People are influenced by society around them o Cultural beliefs and values o Societal or structural impacts  We live in a changing society making decisions more difficult and also more important  Personal decisions making feeds into out world and changes it Sociological Perspectives A. Functionalist a. Families help society i. Each person performs a specific function in the family b. Focus on stability and cooperation B. Conflict a. Focus on inequality, power and social change in the family C. Feminist a. Examines the way that families are shaped by gender b. Examines family power and violence c. Extend our definition of family d. Intersectionality i. Examines how race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality influence family experiences D. Symbolic Interaction-Constructionalist a. Micro Level Analysis i. Focus on the interpersonal b. Reality of family is not fixed, it is socially constructed c. Deconstruct i. Examines how concepts of race, gender and sexuality are socially constructed d. Self Identification is very important; cannot rely on tradition or customs to order daily lives e. Individuals costantly make choices E. Social Exchange a. Economic model of human behavior on costs and benefits b. Examines resources that individuals bring to relationships c. Relationships and family life are characterized by an exchange d. We want a "Fair Trade" Other Related Disciplines A. Family Life Course Developmental Framework a. Go through stages; starting a family, childbearing, empty nest b. Families change in terms of members and the roles they play B. Family Ecology a. The ecological context of the family affects family life and children's outcome i. How you are raised (safe VS unsafe neighborhood) Family Systems Relationships Between Theory and Research  Theory directs research, help interpret data and explains facts Blinders of Personal Experience  The central aim of scientific investigation is to find out what is really going on  Science can be defined as "a logical system that bases knowledge on . . . systematic observation"  Researchers aim to overcome their blinders Removing Blinders  Scientific norms govern process of research o Must be honest o Ensured "validity" o "blind" submission o Objectify is a key norm Ethics of Research on Families  Researchers must have their plans reviewed by an institutional review board (IRB)  Scrutinized research proposals for adherence to professional ethical standards o Informed consent o Lack of coercion o Protection from harm o Confidentiality o Compensation of participants o Share research results


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