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2 "It is easier to rule a kingdom than it is to regulate a family." - Chinese Folklore

3 Let’s get warmed up: According to David Popenoe, a Rutgers sociology professor…  "As society shifts from marriage to cohabitation — which is what's happening — you have an increase in family instability."  “The United States has the weakest families in the Western world because we have the highest divorce rate and the highest rate of solo parenting," Popenoe says.  Do you agree or disagree with Popenoe?  Why or Why not?

4 Analyzing Simon Birch… Functionalism(Durkheim)-Person as an organism of social institutions-changes in one institution impact the other Symbolic Interactionism (Mead)-early in life cultural behavior is taught through primary group relationships Conflict Theory(Marx)-Social institutions break down as a result of one group of people taking control over another (usually in terms of economics) Which of the above theories is most applicable here for Simon and Joe? How did other institutions compensate for the weaknesses in family for Joe and Simon?

5 What conclusions can you draw from these clips about the family in terms of roles, norms, and expectations? How has the family changed over time?  Father Knows Best:  39VJwYBX0Q&feature=related 39VJwYBX0Q&feature=related  Ozzie and Harriet: Ozzie and Harriet:  CBBvBMPcTs

6  All in the Family:  qkrfNPbw4 qkrfNPbw4  Family Ties:  hacXz-WoOk hacXz-WoOk

7  The Fresh Prince:  BoOTZbl02M BoOTZbl02M  Everybody Loves Raymond:  PmZ5TFKlwU PmZ5TFKlwU  Desperate Housewives:  LXDZ15uNt8 LXDZ15uNt8

8 Functions of the Family… 11. Regulate behavior 22. Socialization 33. Care and Emotional Support (socioemotional maintenance) 44. Maintain economic system 55. Social status of members

9  Nuclear Family Monogamy Polygamy  Polygyny  Polyandry  Extended Family  Single-Parent


11  Romantic love is a new concept.  The Rules… Exogamy Endogamy Homogamy Hetrogamy

12 Patterns of Residence  Patrilocality  Matrilocality  Bilocality  Most societies practice neolocality

13 Authority Patterns  patriarchal family  matriarchal family  egalitarian family  The vast majority of societies around the world are patriarchal  The U.S. is moving toward more egalitarian authority patterns

14 The American Family 95% of all adults marry at least once during their lifetimes The U.S. has one of the highest marriages rates of any industrialized nation Marriage rates are declining slightly among younger Americans 1.Delayed Marriage 2.Delayed Childbearing 3.Dual –Income Marriages 4.One-Parent Families 5.Remarriages

15 The Cycle of Family Life 11. Prechildren 22. Parenthood 33. Empty nest

16 Statistics from US HHS on the Fam:

17 -United States Department of HHS


19 According to USA today…  The U.S. divorce rate is 17.7 per 1,000 married women, down from 22.6 in 1980.  The marriage rate is also on a steady decline: a 50% drop since 1970 from 76.5 per 1,000 unmarried women to 39.9

20 -Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and The Federal Administration for Children and Families. The CDC publication:


22 Closing Thoughts…  One of the characteristics of families is that families spend time together. As people grow busier and busier, spending time becomes more difficult. How should families make time for one another?  What are some of the traditional roles of the bride and the groom when preparing for a wedding? Should these traditions change?

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