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SOC030 Lesson 2 - What Is a Family?

by: Katrina Iobst

SOC030 Lesson 2 - What Is a Family? SOC030

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Katrina Iobst
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Sociology of the Family
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Notes from Dr. Silver's second week of class. Discussions include the various definitions of "family," socialization, and notes on the videos.
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Date Created: 01/31/15
SOC030 Lesson 2 What is a family Reading quotThe Polygamistsquot Why Polygamists fundamentally challenge what family is They are NOT the typical nuclear family They show us that there are other possibilities De nitions Family a set of relationships de ned by emotional andor legal connection a set of social roles understood by society members Social Role pattern of understood rights obligations and expectations for behavior associated with a speci c position in society Examples Mother amp Father physical care of children emotional support nances teach everything to children discipline Child oFNend 0 Signi cant other Legal De nitions Laws what s important Emphasizes form enforceable obligations and shared experiences exclusive less exible US Census Gov De nition of Family quottwo or more individuals sharing a household related by blood marriage or adoptionquot Individual state laws give us form amp structure Minimum age Only 2 adults Heterosexual only Must be unrelated incest illegal Enforceable obligations Parents must provide care for their kids No domestic violence abuse or neglect Emotional De nitions Emotional De nition a unit in which members are connected by love feel obligated to each other s longterm emotional amp economic welfare and are willing to make sacri ces for each other s welfare Pros allows many forms individuals get to decide focuses on emotion Cons very open amp changeable hard to count reliably over the years Family often goes beyond one household 40 of kids will experience parents divorce and remarriage before 18 YouTube example 2010 One Man Four Wives o Polygamy is a lifestyle choice man is only legally married to one woman 0 Following fundamentalist Mormon religion quotbe fruitful and multiplyquot 2 houses for wives Established schedule for them to share man s time Wives admit jealousy but quothe is very fairquot Could our de nitions and beliefs about family be socially constructed Social Construction of Beliefs when groups decide what is true or quotrightquot and they live by teach enforce these rules quotThings de ned as real are real in their consequencesquot Wl Thomas Things we think are real are real to us Groups reinforce it Example Belief of Monogamy Heterosexual Marriage wasn t questioned until recently 20ish years ago Consequences 1 Taught amp internalized from parents school religion peers Socialization 2 Reinforced by society via laws that punish people with different beliefs or widespread group ideals of normalcy 3 Becomes culturally accepted YouTu be example Africa Uncovered Mauritania Fat or Fiction 0 Mauritania West Africa 0 Fat women are considered beautiful this belief leads to forcefeeding young girls as young as 7 to quotfatten them up for marriagequot Obesity 14 people causes heart amp other issues high BP heart disease etc 0 Fat desirable because food is scarce your family can afford to feed her to excess Socialization Socialization process by which we learn the ways of our group so that we can function successfully within it Example Teaching children potty training eating with utensils language appropriate play sharing no hittingbiting How do we tell if our beliefs might be socially constructed 1 If they change over time Examples black amp white marriage illegal until 1967 polygamy legal until 1878 premarital sex and cohabitation are becoming increasingly common gay families are being accepted 2 If they change over place Examples multiple husbands in Nepal multiple wives in Africa amp US


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