Chapter 1: Marriages and Families over Time

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Chapter 1: Marriages and Families over Time 1. Contemporary definitions of marriages and families a. What is marriage? i. Union between people that unites partners sexually, socially, and economically ii. Relatively consistent over time iii. Accords each member certain agreed-upon rights b. Types of marriages iv. Monogamy: one person married to another person of other sex v. Serial monogamy: person marrying as many time as they like prior to marriage ending by death or divorce vi. Polygamy: heterosexual marriage when individual of one sex marries several people of other sex vii. Polygyny: one male has two or more wives viii. Polyandry: female…show more content…
Myth 3: The naturalness of different spheres for wives and husbands xxxiv. Wives and mothers became caregivers and moral guardians of the family xxxv. Husbands and fathers provided economic support and protection and represented the families to the outside world xxxvi. Today’s family problems are from a self-defeating attempt to equalize women’s and men’s roles in the family k. Myth 4: The unstable African American family xxxvii. Most pervasive myth—collapse of the African American family is fueled by racist stereotypes and media exaggerations and distortions overlooking diversity of African American family life xxxviii. Institutional racism: the systematic discrimination against a racial group by the institutions within society 4. Families in Early America l. Kinship: people who are related by blood, marriage, or adoption or who consider on another family m. Colonial Families xxxix. Household composition 28. Social life was highly regulated 29. Individuals told where to live, how to dress, and what strangers to take in and for how long 30. Little privacy within or among households xl. Marital Roles 31. Colonial family was a patriarchy 32. Men represented household in public sphere and leadership in community 33. Wives responsible for cooking,
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