SOCI 214 Montgomery College Family in Transition and Parenthood Presentation

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Sociology 214

DUE: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (by 11:59 p.m.)

You should only use information from this class in order to answer these questions.Please do NOT do any additional research (including searching online).It is more likely to harm than help your grade.When using information from one of the assigned readings, please include the author’s last name(s) and a page number (if applicable) at the end of the sentence or paragraph in which you used the information.

Short Answer:Answer only five of the following seven short answer questions.Each answer should be no more than about 1-2 paragraphs.The best answers will be those that only use the course material as evidence/for support.

  1. In striving to have a successful family life, describe Gerson’s explanation of the differences between men’s vs. women’s “Plan B” as they relate to gender roles if all does not go smoothly.Give some specific examples (from any of the assigned class readings) to show how men and women’s “Plan B” is related to the ways by which we learn gender. (Reading 6, this quote is found on page 94)
  1. Explain what is meant by the phrase “the rhetoric of choice, the reality of constraint” when thinking about whether or not a mother stays at home or engages in paid work?Support your answer with information from class discussion and readings.How does this relate to the “ideological work of motherhood”?(Be sure to demonstrate that you understanding the term the “ideological work of motherhood”.) (Reading 21, pg 317-321)

  1. African American families face unique challenges including disproportionately high rates of marital disruption, single parent families, and families living below the poverty line.Using support from the assigned readings and/or class discussion, argue whether you think that these challenges are caused more by structural or cultural factors.Fully explain your answer.Give a specific example to demonstrate that you understand either the cultural or structural factors that impact African American families. (Reading
  1. Discuss three specific transitions a family may have to go through in the process of divorce, whether those examples are tangible or a change in roles and relationships.Support your answer with course material. (Reading 12 &13, pg.158, 169)
  1. There is a relationship between socioeconomic class and family structure. Single parent families, particularly single mother families, are at greater risk of being in poverty than married couple (or single father) families. Give (and fully explain) two specific factors (discussed in our class readings) that explain why single mothers may find themselves in a more difficult financial situation than other forms of families. (Reading 30, pg 468)
  1. Same-sex couples have faced legal and social challenges to their ability to claim the term “family”.Explain how these legal and social challenges have had an effect on the interactions within same sex families. (Reading 16, pg. 232)
  1. Throughout the second half of the semester we have encountered a number of examples to demonstrate that there is sometimes a discrepancy between our perceptions of families (how families are portrayed in the media, by politicians, etc.) and the realities of families.Using specific examples from our course material, give two examples in which public perceptions of families do not match up with the realities.Be sure to explain each example fully (and include the author’s name and page numbers when using specific information from one of our class readings).

Essay: Answer the following essay question in approximately 4-6 paragraphs.You should be using only the material from the course in order to answer the question.Use as much detail and support from class readings and material as possible.Please write “Essay” at the beginning of your answer.

Politicians, journalists, and others point to increasing economic struggles, dual-earner couples, high divorce rates, stepfamilies, single-parent families, teenage parenthood, and other non-traditional family forms such as gay and lesbian families to make the argument that the American family is a failing institution.Do you agree?(Be sure to support your argument with material covered over the course of the semester.)What, specifically, needs to be taken into account when considering that statement?Compare and contrast a conservative vs. liberal vs. feminist approaches to answering that question, as discussed by Giele.Which of the approaches do you believe is most indicative of the ways by which families are changing?What is the role of the social structure in answering whether or not families are failing?

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