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FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLDS KEY TERMS
The allocation of roles and status on the basis of fixed characteristics, eg gender or
what family you are born into.
Unmarried couples living together as man and wife.
The relationship between married and cohabiting partners..
Treating the needs of children as priority.
Refers to wives taking responsibility for the bulk of domestic tasks as well as
holding down full time jobs.
Housework and childcare.
The study of populations with reference to size, structure and how they change over
DIVISION OF LABOUR
The organisation of work.
The legal termination of a marriage.
Based on equality.
Relations beyond the nuclear family, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins.
Talcott Parsons term for the female function of the mother / housewife.
The view that a particular type of family (nuclear) and arrangements ( men as
breadwinners and women as housewives) are the ideals society should aspire to.
A person living alone or a group of people living together who may or may not be
related to each other. A group of students living together are a household but not a
family. All families are households but not all households are families.
The norms and values that serve the capitalist system.
A Marxist term for the transmission of ruling class ideas, eg education and mass
Presented as ideal.
INFANT MORTALITY RATE.
The number of babies that die in their first year of life, as a proportion of all live
ISOLATED NUCLEAR FAMILY
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A married couple and their children who are largely independent from the wider
The legal union of a man and a woman in a socially approved sexual relationship.
A natural instinct to desire motherhood and want to care for children.
A family consisting of two parents and their children.
Caring for and looking after.
Ideas that support and justify male domination in society.