Marriage And Family Case Study

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I. Background “Marriage” Marriage is the intimate union and equal partnership of a man and a woman. It comes to us from the hand of God, who created male and female in his image, so that they might become one body and might be fertile and multiply. Though man and woman are equal as God’s children, they are created with important differences that allow them to give themselves and to receive the other as a gift. Marriage is both a natural institution and a sacred union because it is rooted in the divine plan of creation. In a sacramental marriage the couple also enters into a covenant in which their love is sealed and strengthened by God’s love. Marriage is also an agreement between…show more content…
The family creates well-integrated members of society and instills culture into the new members of society. The family is universal, because it fulfills six needs: economic production, socialization of children, care of the sick and aged, recreation, sexual control, and reproduction – all basic to the survival of every society. The social structures of marriage and family create deep social and emotional bonds that give individuals in depth systems of social support, as well as generating expectations of social responsibility within their members, fulfilling the function of creating social…show more content…
Since most husbands resist doing housework, wives end up doing most of it—even wives with other jobs to do outside of the home. While husbands are likely to see themselves splitting the housework fifty-fifty, wives are more likely to feel the division of housework is unfair. According to one study, wives who put in an eight-hour day of working for wages average eleven hours more housework each week than their husbands. For working wives, these extra household duties follow a full day’s work on their jobs—a phenomenon which refers to as the “second shift.” Studying the “second shift” (the household duties that follow the day’s work for pay), Hochschild identified the following four “strategies of resistance” that men use to get out of doing the housework: waiting it out, playing dumb, needs reduction, and substitute offerings. The family works toward the continuance of social inequality within a society by maintaining and reinforcing the status quo( existing state of affairs). Because inheritance, education and social capital are transmitted through the family structure, wealthy families are able to keep their privileged social position for their members, while individuals from poor families are denied similar

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