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SOCY 305 Notes (3/29/16 - 3/31/16)

by: Julia Lensch

SOCY 305 Notes (3/29/16 - 3/31/16) SOCY 305 001

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These notes cover lecture on 3/29/16 as well as guest lecture on 3/31/16. Enjoy!
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Date Created: 04/03/16
Childbearing Across Social Classes  Microlevel View: o Children's lives are shaped broadly o And at an interpersonal level  Parenting (between parents and children)  Earlier in semester: o 1. Ethnic Family --> interpretative lens for identifying "ideal family" o 2. Parenting demands among mothers (and fathers with young children)  "Intensive parenting"  Child care demands  Today: o Look closely at U.S. cultural logics of parenting that extend to childcare of all ages o How they vary by social class o Set kids on different paths of life o Put this model of parenting into comparative perspective by looking at modes of parenting in other countries  Earlier research: o Parents of different social class  Spend time differently  Use vocabulary differently  Enroll their children in more extracurriculars  Unequal Childhoods o Social class also shapes philosophies and approaches to parenting o Children of different social classes are being raised differently more so now than before o Class differences in parenting are cultural logics (Lareau 2003)  Discussion on Lareau (2003) Reading o What is cultural logic? o Crystallization of different parenting behaviors shaped by parents' backgrounds o 2 kinds of cultural logic:  1. Concerted Cultivation (Alexander Williams)  2. Naturalistic Growth ( Wendy Driver)  1. Alexander Williams' parents' approach to parenting: o Black, middle-class o Parents --> professionals ($200,000 / year) o Extracurricular activities => talents and skills developed (concerted cultivation) o Used complex vocabulary  Language used as a teaching tool  Reasoning, negotiation (opportunity for Alexander to explain himself) o Assertive with adults o Involvement and advocacy in child's school  2. Wendy Driver o Working class family; white girl o Single mother with a partner o Money is tight, economic hardship o Fewer extracurriculars --> providing a safe activity for her child  Religious training  Fun o Language more direct (commands or directives)  Less intellectual conversations (no reasoning) o Around adults, she was taught to be more deferential (not assertive, no demands) o Wendy's mother lacked on independent understanding of school and allowed school to make decisions on her child's behalf (NOT interventionist)  Middle class children reared in a way that values ambition  Working class children reared --> value natural growth, unstructured time, and kin interactions o Because working class parents know that life will get hard soon enough, so they want their kids to enjoy their childhood while they can o Often lack knowledge of professional jargon, have a different view of the link between home and school, and are distrustful of authority figures  Do middle class parents care more about their kids' future than working class parents? o No, parents have same hopes for kids' futures; however, their expectations and circumstances vary  It has NOT always been this way o More educated/advantaged parents since the 1980s  Seeing downward mobility  Popular culture terms: o Helicopter parenting: hovering parents over their kids  Alternative philosophy --> kids empowered when they learn to take risks on their own Guest Lectures on Family and Family Change: Interracial Families  History o Slavery era o Post civil war – marriage between Blacks and Whites illegal  Segregation (separate but equal) o 1967 – Loving vs. Virginia case  11 year old and 17 year old have a baby and they get married => arrested (broke the law) and sentenced to one year in jail or 25 years exile from Virginia  Sharp increase in people who marry interracially  Factors that deter/favor intermarriage: o History racial relations o Laws o Geographic proximity o Neighborhood/school/work segregation o Education (more educated, more likely to intermarry) o Age are first marriage o First marriage or remarriage o General public and family attitudes o Perceived risk of marital dissolution/racism/hardships  Higher risk of divorce o Other factors --> religion; cultural distance  Why did intermarriage rates increase? o No laws prohibiting intermarriage o Immigration --> population ethnically diverse o Higher at first marriage, independent living, and higher education levels o More diverse families of all types o More accepting attitudes --> millennials o Divorce --> 50%  Why is it still a rare event? o History or racial oppression o Belief that races are different o Intermarriage prohibited o Covert and over racism still present o Geographic segregation o Homophily  Black/White marriages => black respondents more accepting (80%) than whites (64%)  Out-marriage to Caucasian Americans more acceptable/deniable than to Asians, hispanics, and blacks  Overall, attitudes more accepting today than in past  Most intermarriage in the West  Southeast --> least likely to see intermarriage between blacks and whites  Gender based differences o Asian women intermarry a lot MORE than Asian men o Black women intermarry a lot LESS than Black men o Males/females no difference between then gender when it comes to intermarriage among whites and hispanics  Higher risk of divorce when marrying outside your racial group o White husband and Black wife have lower risk of divorce than Asian husband and Asian wife  Multiracial Children --> Concerns: o Racial identity o Invisibility vs. Being too visible o Effects of divorce on children o Discrimination and bullying  Multiracial Children Research o Choosing identities reflect social context:  Blacks/whites/biracial/multiracial/mixed/human o Racial identity change over time o Little differences – multiracial  Benefits of intermarriage o Group/Community Level  Opens up discussion on race and ethnicity  Upward social mobility  Erasing social dichotomy  You can't group intermarriage into only black and white  Bridges between racially distinct families o Children  Children more tolerant, objective, and nonjudgmental  Multilingual children – higher school performance  Future trends? o We expect to see a reduction in intermarriage between Asians and other races/ethnicities


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