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Intro to Sociology Wk 8

by: Alexa Marie

Intro to Sociology Wk 8 SYG2000

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These notes talk about different kinds of families and their situations.
Intro to Sociology
Dr. Tyson
Class Notes
extended family, kinship, Media, Technology, sociology, Culture
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Alexa Marie on Thursday March 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SYG2000 at University of South Florida taught by Dr. Tyson in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 10 views. For similar materials see Intro to Sociology in Sociology at University of South Florida.


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Date Created: 03/10/16
Intro to Sociology Week 8 Family can be defined as a set of people who are related through blood, marriage, and adoption. It is a mutually agreed relationship. An extended family is when relatives live in the same home as mom and dad. We’ve expanded the idea of family by adding in adoption (taking in somebody as a dependent who is not related by blood), marriage (more people can legally get married now than five years ago), and nuclear family. There has been a change in what constitutes a family and how the media represents reality. Some of the advantages that may surround an extended family are more people more income (afford a bigger house), less economic burden, help take care of the children, and offers different kinds of support. Families can adjust to changing situations and aren’t static. Kinship is a state of being related to each other and it follows a system of decent. Gives you some level of allegiance to people. Egalitarian household are democratic and it includes both parents are equal to each other. The roles between what is between mother and father are negotiated and develop organically. Some characteristics would be who does the chores, who stays home when child is sick, who does the fair share of housework, and child rearing duties. Both parents will take responsibility for the kids. When we talk about family from a theoretical perspective we must understand the roles from a functionalist (stable) conflict (social inequality), and interactionalist (constant back and forth in terms of how we learn). Functionalist focus on the way a family contributes to society and how they play 6 key roles: reproduction (social institution in which reproduction takes place), protection (provide a place to live/making sure child is safe/instill children with proper knowledge), socialization (how to survive/operate within society/sexual behavior), affection and companionship (family loves each other/unconditional love), providing social status (can be conferred to us from our association with our family/ inheritance/ helping the community), and social inequality (what has been passed down from generation to generation). Conflict theorists worry about social inequality that takes place in households. If there is a difference of socioeconomic background between a couple, conflict theorists point out the ways in which a family presents this. Families are key to passing down social inequality to get out of the cycle of poverty if that’s the case. They are also a key form of socialization and we continue to learn how to interact with society. The role of technology has affected families in ways in which we are connected with members of our family online that we may have not met or seen in a long time, parents can watch over their children and keep up with them, can be a source of entertainment, adopted children can try to find their biological parents through the internet, and allows us to keep in touch with friends!


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