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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a family relationships unit of a standard introductory anthropology course. Topics covered include:
- Love relationships
- Mate choice and marriage
- Decisions to have children
- Nuclear vs. extended family
- Matrilineal and patrilineal descent systems
- Types of kinship
- Marriage customs
- Divorce and remarriage
- Effects of widowhood
1. Love Relationships: Their Characteristics & How They Develop
Here we look at the development of love. What does it mean to be in a loving relationship? What are the steps that occur in every individual in entering one?
2. Making the Decision to Have Children
In this lesson, I face one of my greatest fears: talking about having kids. We'll look at some points to consider, such as the costs and the way it changes a person's life. In addition, the idea of baby fever is also looked at.
3. Matrilineal & Patrilineal Descent Systems
This lesson explores the differences between matrilineal and patrilineal descent systems. You'll also learn about unilineal descent and the concept of clans.
4. Cultural Differences in Divorce Rate and Reason
This lesson will explain the difference in divorce rates due to cultural variation. In doing so, it will highlight modernization and kinship patterns as traits that may affect divorce rates. It will also discuss arranged marriages.
5. Divorce, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood
During later life, romantic partnerships are different from partnerships in earlier life. Watch this lesson to find out more about marriage, cohabitation, remarriage, and divorce in later life, including their unique benefits and challenges.
6. Divorce, Remarriage & the Reconstructed Family: Definition & Related Issues
Here we will examine what divorce is, some of the stats behind it, and some of the reasons for it. Following a divorce is the possibility of remarrying and blending the families together, which we will explore as well.
7. Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers
Here we examine what it means to be a widow or widower, as well as some of the statistics of how common it is. We finish off by looking at the occasionally mentioned 'widowhood effect.'
8. Mate Choice & Marriage: Factors in the Selection Process
This lesson will seek to explain the universals that pertain to marriage and choosing a mate for life. In doing this, it will highlight theories based on division of labor, prolonged infant dependency, and sexual competition.
9. Nuclear vs. Extended Family: Definitions & Structures
This lesson will seek to explain the variations in family residence that exist around the globe. In doing so, it will specifically highlight the patterns of nuclear and extended residence, while citing some reasons for both.
10. Patrilocality vs. Matrilocality Residency Rules Within Societies
This lesson will seek to explain the different patterns of residence found across the globe. In doing this, it will define the neolocal, patrilocal, matrilocal, bilocal, and avunculocal systems of residence.
11. Kinship Types: Lineal, Collateral & Affinal Kin
This lesson will seek to explain kinship variation that occurs around the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the terms lineal kin, collateral kin, and affinal kin.
12. Unilateral vs. Bilateral Descent: Definition & Variations
The lesson will seek to explain the different systems of family descent found around the globe. In doing so, it will define unilateral, bilateral, and ambilineal descent.
13. Genealogical Kin Types & Terminology
This lesson will seek to explain the different kinship systems that exist in the non-industrialized world. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of clans, as well as phratries and moieties.
14. Incest, Endogamy & Exogamy: Definition & Examples
This lesson will seek to explain the different rules that govern the institution of marriage found across our world. In doing so, it will highlight the incest taboo, as well as the rules of exogamy and endogamy.
15. Bride Price, Dowry & Other Economic Marriage Customs
This lesson will seek to explain the concept of marriage as an economic transaction. In doing so, it will define the concepts of bride price, bride service, gift exchange, and dowries, which are used around the globe.
16. Plural Marriage vs. Monogamy: Definition & Types
This lesson will seek to explain plural marriage. In doing so, it will define polygyny, polyandry, and group marriage, while also giving examples from around the globe.
17. Social Status: Caste vs. Class and Social Stratification
Social hierarchies exist in all societies and cultures. In this lesson, we define social stratification and its characteristics. We also discuss the difference between open and closed systems, including what differentiates a caste from a class.
18. Arranged Marriages: Definition & History
Who should choose your spouse? This lesson explores the reasons that various societies, past and present, have relied on arranged marriages to determine who's right for whom.
19. Dyad in Sociology: Definition & Overview
In this lesson, we will learn about the two-person group known as the dyad. We'll look into sociologist George Simmel's description of its unique features, and compare it to other group sizes.
20. Endogamy: Definition & Overview
This lesson defines endogamy and the many ways that this practice of segregation is used in society. It also gives examples of four well-known endogamy types and the reason for their cultural practice.
21. Exogamy: Definition & Overview
This lesson defines exogamy and a few of the different types of group segregation that are still observed today. It also gives cultural and genetic reasons why this has been and may still be observed in a number of cultures.
22. Extended Family: Definition & Structure
Over 16% of the U.S. population lives in an extended family. In this lesson, we'll explore the structure, advantages and disadvantages associated with the extended family system.
23. Family of Procreation: Definition & Example
Family of procreation is defined as the family that we create by getting married and having children. In this lesson, you'll learn more about family of procreation and how it differs from family of orientation.
24. Family of Orientation: Definition & Example
Family of orientation refers to the family that we are born into. Learn more about family of orientation, why it is important, and how it differs from family of procreation.
25. Intermarriage: Definition & Statistics
This lesson will discuss and provide statistics on intermarriage, or the practice of marrying someone who is part of a different group. The lesson will end with a quiz to test your knowledge.
26. Interracial Marriage: Definition, History & Laws
Did you know that in the United States it was illegal for couples from different racial backgrounds to get married until 1967? In this lesson, we will take a look at interracial marriage and how its laws have changed over time.
27. Macrosociology: Definition & Examples
This lesson provides information on macrosociology, discusses its usefulness within the field of sociology and provides examples of macrosociology research. After you've completed this lesson, test yourself with the quiz.
28. Matriarchy: Definition & Overview
This lesson defines matriarchy, why they originated, why they are not as popular as they were before. Alternate terms for matriarchy are also given, as well as the reason why this type of society is not as popular as before.
29. Neolocality: Definition & Overview
Sociologists like to study humans in their natural environments. One of these environments is called a neolocality. This lesson outlines human environments, defines neolocality and shows how you fit into the picture.
30. Patriarchy: Definition & Examples
This lesson defines patriarchy. It also provides a brief description of where the term originated and how systems of patriarchy have changed over time.
31. Patrilocality: Definition & Overview
Patrilocality is when a newly married couple decide to take up residence with or within close proximity to the husband's family. Learn more about patrilocality from this lesson, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
32. Polyandry: Definition & Cultures
While most of Western society practices monogamous marriage, there are other cultures that practice other types of mating arrangements. One of these is known as polyandry, and the following will explain more about it.
33. Polygyny: Definition & Overview
Many people have heard of the harem idea in which a powerful ruler had many wives. This is essentially polygyny, and it was historically the most popular mating system. Even today, it is more common than you may think.
34. Traditional Family: Definition & Concept
Over 20% of the U.S. population live in a traditional family system. Explore the structure, advantages, and disadvantages associated with the traditional family system.
35. What Is Monogamy? - Definition & History
If you're not familiar with the word monogamy, you're most likely familiar with what it is. The standard mating system in America is a relationship that involves only two spouses, and therefore it is considered monogamy. Read on to find out more about the history of one of the most common types of mating systems.
36. What Is Polygamy? - Definition & History
Relationships in which two people are exclusive to one another seems to be the norm in America, but across different time periods and cultures, the practice of polygamy is more popular. Read on to find out exactly what polygamy means and what all it entails.
37. Rite of Passage: Definition & Examples
Have you ever graduated or suffered from 'growing pains'? If so, then you've experienced a rite of passage! Learn more about these transitory periods of our lives in this lesson, where you'll also find some common examples.
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