Chambliss Discover Sociology Chapter 10

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Family
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A group of people who identify themselves as being related to one another, usually by blood, marriage, or adoption, and who share intimate relationships and dependency.
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Marriage
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A culturally approved relationship, usually between two individuals, which provides a degree of economic cooperation, emotional intimacy, and sexual activity.
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Monogamy
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A form of marriage in which a person may have only one spouse at a time.
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Polygamy
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A form of marriage in which a person may have more than one spouse at a time.
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Polygyny
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A form of marriage in which a man may have multiple wives.
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Polyandry
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A form of marriage in which a woman may have multiple husbands.
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Serial monogamy
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The practice of having more than one wife or husband, but only one at a time.
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Endogamous
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A characteristic of marriages in which partners are limited to members of the same social group or caste.
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Antimiscegenation laws
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Laws passed by states to prohibit interracial sexual relations and marriage.
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Extended family
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A social group consisting of one or more parents, children, and other kin, often spanning several generations, living in the same household.
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Nuclear family
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A social group consisting of one or two parents and their biological, dependent children with no other kin.
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Sexual division of labor in modern societies
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The phenomenon of dividing production functions by gender and designating different spheres of activity, the \”private\” to women and the \”public\” to men.
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Cohabitation
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Living together as a couple without being legally married.
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Common law marriage
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A type of relationship in which partners live as if married but without marriage’s formal legal framework.
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Civil unions
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Legal unions that fall short of marriage but provide some state-level legal rights and benefits.
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Domestic partnerships
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Legal unions that provide a circumscribed spectrum of rights and benefits to same-sex couples.
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Domestic (family) violence
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Physical or sexual abuse committed by one family member against another.
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International families
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Families that result from globalization.

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