MIT 21A 230J - Diversity, Summing Up (8 pages)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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21a 230j - The Contemporary American Family

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May 6 2004 Economic Issues and Problems V Diversity Summing Up Read I Stack 107 152 It is clear the title of this course is a myth A There is no Contemporary American Family no family type that characterizes most families B There isn t even a single ideal of family held by all Americans C Although all families make efforts to meet their needs for 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 II Reproduction Marital sexuality Nurturance Economic cooperation Affection Protection Meaning D They do it in different ways E Lecture today concerned with the role of unequal access to power and resources in producing diversity Overview of changes that produce diversity in families A Common types of changes in the past 1 Internal factors a 2 Families changed mainly due to the domestic cycles Skolnick s life course deaths births External factors a Wars economic depressions etc b Opportunities that encouraged mobility migration 1 B For example the 1862 Homestead Act gave public land 160 acres to settlers Today greater variety of types of families 2 1 2 C III Traditionally families were formed through a Blood b Marriage c Adoption New ways to form families have appeared on the scene a Groups of unrelated people who call themselves family b Or lesbian and gay couples who see themselves as almost the same as a married couple but cannot marry c Finally cohabitation with or without children 1 Which after 7 years would legally turn into common law marriage 2 But living together is now an institution in itself not necessarily leading to eventual marriage 3 In Denmark when couples begin to live together they sometimes put classified announcements in the paper informing people that they do not intend to marry a We re not there yet b Remember the newspaper clipping about high rates of N European couples living together Note however that the original meaning of the term family when it emerged in late 14th century England 1 Referred to a household under a head including servants or slaves 2 This notion of family defined



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