UNT SOCI 4250 - Ch_08_Marriage_class (44 pages)

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University of North Texas
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Soci 4250 - Gender and Society

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Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration 2e by Robyn Ryle 2015 SAGE Publications HOW DOES GENDER IMPACT THE PEOPLE WE LIVE OUR LIVES WITH Chapter Eight The Meaning of Marriage and Family Gender is deeply influenced by the social institutions in our society One of the institution that greatly impacts gender is the institution of marriage and family What is Marriage Q What is your definition of Marriage A marriage is a legally recognized union between two people The union is assumed to be permanent may be dissolved by separation or divorce A Brief History of Marriage Historically love and marriage were separate o Marriage was linked to political power could lead to war e g Cleopatra and Marc Antony Women seen as representing their fathers interests Marriage and children permit alliances to be forged Marriage was the historical equivalent of the peace treaty non aggression pact or trade agreement o Marriage as exchange of women among nations What is Marriage Marriage differs among cultures It has changed historically in our society Shared Features of Marriage Despite cultural and historical variation the following characteristics seem to be shared among all marriages 1 The establishment of rights and obligations connected to gender sexuality relationships with kin and in laws and legitimacy of children 2 The establishment of specific roles within the wider community and society 3 The orderly transfer of wealth and property from one generation to the next 4 The assignment of the responsibility for caring for and socializing children to the spouses or their relatives Marriage Theories Marriage has evolved but why Competing explanations Protection theory of marriage Exploitation theory of marriage Cooperation theory of marriage Marriage in American Society Marriage has long been the foundation on which American families are constructed Paul Amato calls this the some see marriage as in decline while others portray it as dynamic changing and resilient Between 1980 and



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