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Sociology 270, Seminar in the Modern Family

Time: Tuesday 6-8:45 pm
Location: DMH 226A


This seminar course explores the structural, historical, political, and interactional framing of family as a social institution. Drawing on traditional and contemporary sociological and feminist theories, we will investigate how social, cultural, political and economic contexts of inequality shape families in the United States. Then, within this structural context of inequality we will examine the ongoing struggle over ideological representations of "family, intimacy, love, and parenting" in the United States. Beginning with the assumption that the meaning and practice of family life is mediated through multidimensional systems of gender, race, class and sexuality, we will spend our time exploring these meanings and practices – paying particular attention to their empirical and theoretical manifestations in everyday life.

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