Sociology

Sociology

CHAPTER 11 Marriage &  Families

INSTRUCTIONS

Read BOTH of the articles.
Choose one of them to write about and answer all of the questions posed for that article.

DISCUSSION BOARD QUESTIONS FOR THE ARTICLE – LOVE, HONOR, CHERISH AND BUY – Answer all four of the following

questions:

Each wedding consists of many parts. At the very least, there is a family component, a religious component, a legal component, and an economic component. In your opinion which of these 4 SHOULD BE the most important component? In your experience, which of them actually IS the most important for the brides and grooms that you know?

The wedding industry quotes $ 27,000 as the cost of the “average” wedding. In what way does that figure reflect the political, economic, and value structure of our society?

Ms. Mead is quoted as saying: “This is a consumerist society and that the marketplace intervenes in things that we like to think have nothing to do with money.” What parts of her statement do you agree or disagree with and why?

As you think of your own wedding (real or imagined – in other words, it does not matter to me if you will

never get married, for purposes of this exercise pretend that you will) how will you / how would you strike the balance between religion, family and economic ($ spending) elements and WHY? Would your choice be supported by your family and friends or would it be criticized?

DISCUSSION BOARD QUESTIONS FOR THE ARTICLE – GENDER ROLE CHANGES AT WORK AND AT HOME  Answer all four of the

following questions:
Select ONE fact or statistic from the article about labor force participation by women that surprised you the most – Describe what the one fact or statistic is and what it means to you to have learned about it.

The article concludes that “Women got equality at work”. In your opinion – is that a good thing? Please give reasons for your conclusion.

If you are a female student please answer: Do women in the first decade of the 21st century have MORE freedoms or less than women in the last century?” If you are a male student answer: Do men in the first decade of the 21st century have MORE freedoms or less than men in the last century? Please give specific examples from the lives of men or women that you know.

What are the most important macro social forces that push men or women into family/career choices they do not enjoy? List two or three specific macro social factors and sketch how you think they will affect you personally in the years ahead?

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