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Shrek: Dating, Marriage, Parenting and Family Interaction

Shrek: Dating, Marriage, Parenting and Family Interaction In the movies, Shrek 1, 2 & the Third, themes relating to dating, courtship, engagement, marriage, child bearing and family interactions can be found throughout each film. The fairytale couple, Shrek the ogre and Fiona the beautiful princess/turned ogre, eventually lives out the "happily ever after" story, but must first overcome some real-life struggles with each other, friends, family and children. The first film primarily deals with first love, courtship, engagement and marriage, with Shrek rescuing Fiona, the damsel in distress, and their quest for love despite the many obstacles to their relationship. The complications they face are obvious from the start of the first movie and continue throughout the trilogy. One major stumbling block is Shrek's opinion of himself, as he clearly has poor self-esteem issues. In the first film, Shrek doesn't feel he is worthy of Fiona's love; in the second, he doesn't think of himself as a worthy husband, and in the third, he struggles with worthiness as future king and becoming a father. In the beginning, Shrek is a loner and tries to keep to himself, more out of fear of rejection than anything else. And his friendship with Donkey brings out some critical points about how Shrek views himself. Upon rescuing Fiona, he is supposed to deliver her to Lord Farquaad, and perhaps because of self-esteem issues, never dreams of keeping her for himself. On the other hand, Fiona has a very clear mindset on how she thinks "true love" is supposed to happen to her. Shrek and Fiona's relationship is seemingly doomed from the start because Fiona believes that upon rescuing her from the dragon-guarded tower she has been locked in for years, her knight is supposed to render "love's first kiss" and they are to be married and live happily ever after. When Shrek delivers none of the elements in Fiona's perfect dream, she begins to wonder if there is something wrong with her that is hampering the start of her first love relationship. As the two work things out about themselves and each other, Shrek and Fiona are able to come together as a couple and appreciate one another's strengths as well as weaknesses. In marrying Shrek, Fiona's "true form" takes the shape of a female ogre, and the two seem like a match made in heaven. Of course the underlying theme of friendship with…

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Family Sociological Theories

Family and Marriage Finding the Ideal Mate What spurs our attraction for others? How do we choose who we love and who we will marry? Such questions have founded many theoretical conceits within the realm of classic and modern sociology. Theories citing the role of marital exchange help explain our well-defined gender roles, many of which revolve around the subservient…

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Critique of Debunking Myths About Marriages and Families

¶ … Marriage & Family Myths CRITIQUE of "DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT MARRIAGE and FAMILIES" In Debunking Myths about Marriages and Families, Mary Ann Schwartz and Barbara Marliene Scott argue very effectively against five specific beliefs that dominate American cultural views on the institution of marriage and the nuclear family. In doing so, the authors present very persuasive arguments that are, with perhaps one exception, logically sound, devoid of any obvious logical fallacies, reliance on emotionally loaded terms, or any other apparent faulty reasoning. Instead, the authors simply present five specific conceptual beliefs and undermine their validity by providing the historical context for their evolution and the logical basis for their objective refutation. The views of Schwartz and Scott are quite consistent with those expressed by contemporary researchers in the field of sociology and human sexual evolution, such as encapsulated by New York Times writer, Sam Roberts, in his 2007 article, "The Shelf Life of Bliss," as well as those of renowned psychologist and family therapist, Nathaniel Branden, as detailed in his 1999 book, the Psychology of Romantic Love. Myth # 1 - the Universal Nuclear Family: Schwartz and Scott (2000) take on the proverbial notion that the concept of family is necessarily defined only the way it has been presented in the U.S. mainstream culture. The authors suggest that family is more accurately defined much more broadly than by the image of one man and one woman married for life and raising children together. Instead, they argue that any survey of cultures worldwide would reveal very different expectations of what a family is and that the description commonly accepted in this particular part of the world represents only one of many models evident in human culture. Branden (1999) agree wholeheartedly and goes even farther, pointing out that as the human lifespan continues to increase, the expectation that marriage is necessarily a permanent arrangement becomes more and more difficult to maintain. Branden points out that more than half of all marriages end in divorce; that many of the rest are less content than the marital partners would like; and that living up to the cultural image of what many believe marriage is supposed to be may cause tremendous harm within families. Likewise, Roberts (2007) explains that in many respects, the expectations fostered in the modern media about families and, especially, relationships between spouses is extremely unrealistic and at odds with both…

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Marriage and the Family

Marriage and the Family The institution of marriage and the family is a contentious topic in contemporary society for a number of reasons. One of the most important issues under debate is the decline of marriage and the family in society. Research studies clearly show that the institution of marriage as well as the cohesion of the family is seriously…

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Family & Sociology of Marriage

While stress about financial concerns may lead to both an increase in spousal hostility and a decrease in spousal "warmth" (Freeman, Carlson, & Sperry. 1993, p. 325), it is important to note that such stress can influence cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses among married couples (Dakin and Wampler, 2008). While financial concerns certainly affect the quality of marriage, Rogers (2004) suggests that money worries may exacerbate an already deficient relationship. In other words, money isn't the only reason couples squabble and divorce; it's only the icing on the cake. With the increases in divorce rates, it is important to consider not only the factors that contribute to divorces, but, perhaps even more importantly, what factors are associated with successful marriages. Contributing factors to successful marriages While many resources are available proclaiming to provide the "secret" to a lasting marriage, not all are reliable, less are credible. However, the scholarly literature suggests that successful unions have some commonalities; trust, open communication, humor, physical and sexual intimacy, and ability to compromise, fidelity. Reis and Collins (2000) observe that empathy is strongly correlated with successful marriages. However, with the overwhelming resources available to support marriages and married couples, it seems some factors are strongly associated with the dissolution of marriages. Contributing factors to failed marriages A simple review of the online "literature" suggests that there are many factors and contributors to divorces. Each of these entries are more rife with anger, resentment and betrayal than the last. However, several commonalities again emerge in correlation with failed marriages; infidelity, financial concerns, child rearing practices, spending practices, alcohol and drug use, pornography consumption, young age and the birth of a child, young age when first marrying to name a few. While marriage remains a pursuit for many, it seems that the purpose of marriage, compounded with the ease of divorce, has created an atmosphere of indifference to the once holy sacrament of marriage. The consequences of divorce, of broken families, of broken homes, continue to be of interest to sociologists. However, the impact of increased divorce rates on society and on the individual suggest that marriage, as an institution, is no longer as valued as it once was. References: Dankin, J., Wampler, R. (2008). Money Doesn't Buy Happiness, but It Helps: Marital Satisfaction, Psychological Distress, and Demographic Differences Between Low- and Middle-Income Clinic Couples. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 36:300 -- 311. Freeman, C.,…

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Solutions to Marriage Debate the

This is an attitude that looks at the question from an entirely different perspective than most. Marriage is not the issue the author says; the issue is that families, no matter what their type, are being denied basic freedoms and benefits that are accorded to other. Since fairness and liberty are doctrines espoused in the United States, it seems that these should apply to family matters such as this, the author states (Polikoff). These are two studies that look at the question from entirely different viewpoints. The first wants to find out what type of people are more likely to oppose gay marriage and what type of people are likely to support it. The second article offers a possible solution that the author seems to believe is unique and viable. The first piece is quantitative research based on statistically derived results from answers to a survey, while the second is more of an informed opinion piece. Polikoff conducted a great deal of research for her article, but it differs greatly from the quantitative study in that it conducts research into previous articles and attitudes. However, the two have some items in common. Both articles seek to understand attitudes and provide a platform for them. None of the authors make judgment-based assessments regarding people on either side of the issue. The goal is research and reasoned solutions to a societal problem rather than trying to support an individual view. Polikoff comes closer to this because she does seem to support some means of providing relief to gay families, but she does not denigrate those with opposite views. The two articles offer much more in contrast that they do in common. However, both the quantitative study and the research paper do seek to demonstrate attitudes regarding gay marriage, and Polikoff offers a solution that is well-researched and stated. The question of whether gay marriage is valid or not is not the question that these two groups of authors want to answer. The goal is academic more than it is solution-oriented. But, Polikoff does offer an adequate attempt to offer a possible solution to a problem that is becoming increasingly divisive. Works Cited Brumbaugh, Stacey M, Laura A. Sanchez, Steven L. Nock, and James D. Wright. "Attitudes Toward Gay Marriage in States Undergoing Marriage Law Transformation." Journal of Marriage & Family 70 (2008): 345-359. Print. Polikoff, Nancy D. "Law that Values all Families:…

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Psycho-Educational Models of Family Therapy

Hence, the individual must differentiate between the intellectual self and the emotional self; he focuses on how the recognition of the self must occur first before differentiation can take place. This also engages other separations like from parents, women, friends, etc. (taken from chapter 8). Triangles (Brief summary) Bowen asserts that the triangles are used as a 3-person relationship structure…

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Genogram Significant Family Events Dolly Is a

Genogram Significant Family Events Dolly is a Punjabi Muslim woman from Malaysia. When Dolly was 16 her family moved to Singapore, where she was raised. Dolly's genogram reveals a lot about the impact of family history, cultural values, class conflict, and gender roles on an individual. The most significant family events in Dolly's life include the death of her father…

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For Gay Marriage

¶ … Gay Marriage In many countries, marriage is a sacred entity. Opposite sex marriages and divorce is acceptable in the society with same sex marriages exceptionally condemned because they would reduce the sacred touch aspect of marriages. My interest in the issue of gay marriages is that, I find it intriguing that most countries gang up against same sex…

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Counseling Family Counseling Approach it

The counselor has a key role in facilitating families to achieve change hence he is the 'hero' of the change story. Having said that, this hero requires a suitable entry as well as exit point. The counselor needs to motivate change at one point and to motivate stability at the other. It is much more difficult to motivate and help…

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Marriage and Intimacy, and the

For minor stresses that are daily occurrences, a couple may want to seek a therapists help for some objective advice in what each partner feels is a stressful daily event (is it something small, like always having to drive the kids to school? Or something bigger like a partner is always staying late at work?), and once each partners' daily…

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Oral History: My Taiwanese Family Through the Generations

Taiwanese people have a reputation for being superstitious (Culture and etiquette, 2014, Rough Guides). My family members are no exception. For example, no one is supposed to talk about a 'worst case' scenario such as the potential for a car crash or sickness. Even giving a handkerchief is regarded as a bad omen because it means that the person who receives it might become sick or cry. Certain words like four or clock which sound like death are avoided, as are objects associated with those things. When my grandmother plays the lottery she would never play a number four (Culture and etiquette, 2014, Rough Guides). I do not retain all of the superstitions of the older people of my family, but I am a superstitious person in the sense that I do not like to tempt fate with my actions. Some of the superstitions I observe, for example, I have learned in America and are not part of my culture but the care with which I observe them are very Taiwanese, such as not walking under ladders and becoming upset when a black cat crosses my path. Many people have been surprised by the emphasis on superstition and folk religion in Taiwanese culture, given the society seems so modern otherwise (Culture and etiquette, 2014, Rough Guides). But it is important to remember the modern history of Taiwan: when mainland China became communist, the anti-communists fled to Taiwan and thus felt much more comfortable retaining their traditions and beliefs vs. In communist China, where there was an effort to eradicate them. Another very important philosophy in Taiwanese culture is Daoism, for example, which stresses being in harmony with the world rather than resisting it. This is completely contrary to the Western notion of being a 'captain of one's fate and a master of one's soul.' Instead, the stress is to follow 'the way of the Dao,' bending with the currents of life, rather than attempting to break them. I see this influence in the stress upon harmonizing my attitudes with others while I was growing up, rather than engaging in open conflict. In many Western families, debating is seen as the best way to resolve a problem. The Daoist philosophy would suggest that this often simply makes people unhappy and polarizes them further. Daoism is founded on a concept of compromise and I see that in my own actions with my…

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Marriages in Taming

Marriage in Taming Shakespeare and the dramatic media in which he worked were both stark social commentary that was meant to be humorous and highlight social issues that demonstrate concepts and concerns associated with social change and social problems. The period, when the play, Taming of the Shrew was written and possibly performed was a period of social transition in…

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Family Relationships

¶ … expertly and historically into the matter of "Family Characteristics." Going back to the sixteenth century, Stone writes that in order to understand what the family values were, it is necessary to forget about modern Western assumptions. As for the values in the sixteenth century, looking back with today's values it was "morally reprehensible" to marry for money, or for status and power. Nevertheless, it happened; marriage wasn't a decision the bride or groom made; marriage was a "collective decision" made by "family and kin, not an individual" (70). Property was important and romance was not, Stone points out, alluding to the 16th century values. The "patrimonial bureaucracy" meant that power (regarding property, marriage, and social position) fell into the hands "of the oldest males" and as a result there often ensued fights and struggles to "win the approval of, or establish some reciprocal claim upon… an old man… [that] controlled the levers of power" (Stone, 73). Reading Stone's narrative one cannot help but interject that there are families in today's society that pretty much arrange marriages for their sons and daughters. It may not be quite as frequent as it was in the sixteenth century, but certainly in some Muslim societies, and elsewhere, such as India, the parents make decisions regarding whom their daughters and sons should marry. Money is indeed part of the decision, as well. That having been said, for the American society, it would be rare for a young women of marrying age to be dictated to by her parents as to whom she should marry. The United States is a place of many subcultures, but in general people show independence in their marital decision-making. So it is fascinating to learn about England's social values in the periods previously discussed in this paper. It would be extremely uncommon for a grandfather in America to be the one to decide -- in a patrimonial context -- to decide for a young couple if they qualify for marriage. As for the 16th century society in England, Stone (77) asserts that tempers were very short and the courts will "clogged with cases of assault and battery" because casual violence was a common way of behavior when there were disagreements. "The most trivial disagreements tended to lead rapidly to blows" and most people packed weapons for that eventually, Stone continues (77). In 18th century London "brutal and unprovoked attacks…

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Black Churches / New Pastors the Influences

Black Churches / New Pastors The Influences and Issues of the Black Church, the Black Family, and Faith-Based Ministries in the 21st Century What are the key issues surrounding the African-American Church in the year 2005? What should new pastors be learning as they train to become Christian leaders in their communities? How should an aspiring preacher approach the many…

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Family and Marriage Experience

¶ … 13-year marriage as it is held against the Kolb model. The writer uses the six model categories to present an exploration of the marriage and the raising of three children during that marriage. The Kolb model assists in narrating the experiences gained in the marriage. After being married 13 years one is bound to have a long list…

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Sociology of Families Making Families in the New Millennium

Sociology of Families: Making Families in the New Millennium There is little doubt that the nature, shape and form of the modern family has changed and is still changing in new and radical ways. The family has in the last few hundred years changed from the traditional and extended structure to the nuclear family unit and into various permutations and…

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Family Values in Urban America:

These ideologies have been mixed with propagandas, which have weakened the urban America's conscience and this has resulted to creation of an environment in which there is breakdown of the traditional family values. Referring to studies done by (Michael 143-154)[footnoteRef:10] they listed some of the ideologies that have been brought about by the secular culture and they include; God, religion,…

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Diverse and Changing Face of

Some fundamentalist groups consider that Western media is the cause of the moral decline in America, leading to the diversity of the family structure and the growing trend towards feminism. But the media is part of the overall change in social dynamics and parallels the fluidity of history, unable to be swayed by political opinion. Thus family diversity will continue to evolve and the model of the traditional family will be influenced by time, just as nature adapts and diversifies. But the question still remains, is family diversity the best version of the family structure? Sociologists, politicians, and the medical profession agree that a functional, supportive family best meets the needs of children and reduces social problems. But forcing the fixed-form ideology of the nuclear family will not account for the diversity that historically develops. It is proven that the traditional family upholds high social values, but some alternatives to the family structure can still constitute a functional family and have not been demonstrated to contribute to social problems. For instance, same-sex parenting, while non-traditional and morally questionable, can also provide a form of stable home-life and has not demonstrated to contribute to crime or other socially aberrant behavior. The growing trend towards single parenting, however, has seen a destabilization of the family structure and an increase in domestic violence. The changing face of the family structure will follow a natural course of evolution, and social and political opinions will continue to be argued. The fact is that family diversity is becoming the norm, as opposed to the nuclear family, and any sense of family where home support can be provided should be encouraged. Bibliography Harms, William. (1999, Nov. 24). "Marriage wanes as American families enter new century, University of Chicago research shows." The University of Chicago News Office. Herbst, Matthew T. (2003, July). "Do Family Values Lead to Family Violence?: A Consideration of the Idea of Family." Quodlibet: Online Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy. 5:2-3. Retrieved February 17, 2004. http://www.quodlibet.net/herbst-family.shtml Smith, Tom W. (1999). "The Emerging 21st Century American Family." National Opinion Research Center. GSS Social……

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Family Break Up for a

The inevitability of crisis in the family life cannot be avoided; however, the effective efforts of strong families include facing of the crisis as effectively as possible in order to have a minimum harm simultaneously focusing on the growth avenues. The strong families are distinguished from the mode of their addressing to the crisis and magnitude of the attained success…

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Family and Kinship in Village India

Women Wolf, Margery. "Uterine Families and the Women's Community." Chapter 23 Questions According to Wolf, a uterine society is a society characterized by a patriarchal system of linage, whereby authority is passed down from father to son. Women are subsumed within the identity of a family upon marriage, and are primarily valued for their childbearing function, specifically their ability to bear sons. Women exist as placeholders in such a world, of continued male identity, rather than as legitimate beings themselves of value because they pose no practical, long-lasting value to their parental families, only to families they marry into as the bearers of sons. Thus, producing children is extremely important to women in uterine societies. In such a system of lineage, the only status and identity is conferred upon the females in question by society is in terms of their abilities to produce sons in the village schema of values. Moreover, all women lose their previous, albeit lower and tangential status as a member of a kinship structure as a daughter when they marry. Their marital alliance thus forms their only social status -- there is no safety network for them to fall back on, if they fail in the uterine society's requirements to produce sons, and have little sense of self-worth, as the family has no incentive to connect with daughters emotionally, or to put much financial effort into their physical worth, other than to pass them on as a wife and a bearer of sons to another family. Question 3 woman's relationship is entirely dependant in her new family, on her ability to produce sons, given that daughters are no more valued in this new family than they were in her old familial structure. Even her mother in law, the new, main female……

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Hindu Marriage Ceremony

Hindu Marriage, which is considered a deeply sacred social and religious institution, aims to create a bond between the bride and groom's families, and help the couple attain spiritual union. As such, a Hindu marriage is steeped in ritual and tradition. All parts of the marriage, from the selection of the bride and groom, to the after-ceremony rituals, are influenced by centuries of tradition. Hindu marriage is a sacred institution that is seen as a life-long commitment. In the Hindu tradition, the woman is charged with keeping the marriage together, as Hindu tradition sees women as more emotionally in tune with the needs and demands of the marriage. Hindu scriptures charge women with maintaining domestic peace within the marriage (About.com). In Hindu society, marriage is seen as the strongest social bond between a man and a woman, and viewed as a sacrament. This view of marriage as a deeply sacred social and religious matter contrasts sharply with the west's view of marriage as a simple contract between two individuals (Mypurohith). Traditionally, one of the most important purposes of Hindu marriage is to foster love for the entire family unit, including the extended family of both the bride and the groom. As a result, the wife and husband are supposed to exercise self-restraint at all times, in order to keep the needs of the family above their own individual desires and goals. The bride and groom take a vow of self-restraint in Vedic marriages, and also pledge to work together for the welfare of the entire family (About.com). Marriage is seen as a blending of the wife's and husband's families (Mypurohith). Marriage is also seen as a route to spiritual growth. In the Hindu tradition, both the husband and wife are viewed as soul mates that work together to help each other grow spiritually. During the marriage, they take vows to support each other, and remain friends (Mypurohith). The marriage begins with the selection of the couple, which is usually arranged by parents or elders. The younger bride and groom are often viewed as too immature to make such an important decision about the rest of their lives, and often seen to be too concerned with more trivial matters (Mypurohith). After the couple is selected by the more experienced members of the families, the engagement takes place. A day is selected for the engagement, which does not normally fall during the…

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Victims of Intimate Violence: Laci

Meadows (2010) assert that six people die each day in the United States under the arms of a spouse or an intimate partner. Twenty seven hundred people or close to a million people annually experience physical assaults from their intimate partners. Most people sometimes hold violent or homicidal thoughts toward their intimate partners or spouses. While majority of these people…

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Jane Austen Quotes Austen, Jane.

It is the greatest of favours when Miss de Bourgh comes in." (137) 5. With a glance, she saw that he had lost none of his recent civility; and, to imitate his politeness, she began, as they met, to admire the beauty of the place; but she had not got beyond the words "delightful," and "charming," when some unlucky recollections…

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Psychology Salvador Minuchin's System of

Salvador Minuchin was one of the psychological "giants" who founded family therapy in the 1950's. He envisioned the family as a system with a structure that tended to be self-maintaining under changing internal and external conditions. According to Minuchin, some family systems are dysfunctional in that they create and perpetuate suffering on the part of the members of the family.…

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Waifs in Literature

Waifs in Literature In the three novels Oliver Twist, Joseph Andrews and Moll Flanders, all three of the main characters were brought up by people other than their natural parents. The lack of parental love, guidance and supervision affected their personalities in different ways. Moll was the most deeply affected by the lack of a reliable support system. Throughout her…

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Decline of the Institution of Marriage Divorce

Decline of the Institution of Marriage Anti-Divorce Roots and Rationale The family revolution in the last half-century has been characterized by a decline in social power, functions and moral authority within the family (Wilcox 2007). It has been followed by pre-marital and extramarital child-bearing, divorce and single parenthood. Conservatives see these phenomena as a big drain the United States and…

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American Culture the Effects of Divorce

¶ … divorce on American culture. Divorce is never easy on a family, and it affects every member of the family in many ways. It breaks down family ties, splits families apart, and can create poverty and despair in single parents. Divorce has had a powerful affect on American culture, literally and figuratively. Marriage is one of the most popular…

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War's Effect

War's Effects The traumas and deficiencies of war inflict unpredictable and disastrous effects on the family. Roles and responsibilities are often dramatically altered (Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and Trauma 1996). Traumatized parents become less able to emotionally support and protect their children. The extreme disturbances parents go through in war times produce new traumas for their children. Together,…

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Anthropology One of the Major

UTERINE FAMILIES Uterine families in Taiwan are those who are characterized to be made up of female members, which may range from women belonging to the same lineage to women who have become part of a family through marriage. Thus, the uterine family includes all women who have familial connections, whether these are direct or indirect relations. The uterine family is vital to Chinese women because it is through this family that they feel belonged, primarily because of the temporariness of her role as a daughter for her own family and as a wife of her husband. The uterine family serves as her social network wherein she can assume the role of a mother, daughter, wife, and friend. Within the uterine family, a woman gains power and feels solidarity with her 'family' -- that is, other women as well. Within her husband's family, a woman feels a temporary sense of both power and powerlessness -- power for being her husband's wife, but also powerless because she feels her role as wife is but temporary, and may be subjected to scrutiny by her husband's family should conflict ever arise between her and the family. The uterine family, since it considers even the most distant female relative or family relation as family, results to the division of the family into smaller constituent parts. The cultivation of a uterine family promotes reproduction of children, which will help strengthen women's roles as mother and wife, which also leads to the strengthening of the mother/wife's uterine family as well.…

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Autobiographical as One of Ten

As a Christian, I don't have a necessarily unique religious heritage although many aspects of the Christianity I was taught does differ significantly from the more secularized version taught to many Americans of European descent. I have particularly found that religion does not play as central a role in the dominant culture in America as it does within Puerto Rican society. Moreover, as a visible minority I do experience dissonance with American culture on certain occasions, a dissonance that has made me increasingly aware of the impact of my ethnicity on my personality and identity. The dominant culture has different views toward family and marriage than my cultures of origin. Divorces are very common in the dominant culture for instance; families are small and many people do not take care of their elder relatives as they do in Puerto Rican society. As a result, I have been keenly aware of the problems facing American seniors and have vowed to always take care of my mother especially as she has done so much for me. I also feel that the dominant American culture values money more than many other things, whereas I grew up knowing that in spite of poverty we had everything we really needed. Comparing my personal experiences with what I witness in the world around me has led to some fruitful realizations about myself and about the world around me. These realizations in part led to my interest in social work. My desire to help others stems directly from my Christian and Hispanic background. Both cultures emphasize social work and service. As a minority, I will be extremely supportive and empathetic with all clients. Moreover, I will relate well to the specific needs of people in the Hispanic community. In my job as a social worker, I intend to help others to communicate their needs in a supportive, tolerant environment that respects all cultures and backgrounds.…

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Kinship Categories Are Fundamental to

In most European cultures, descent is bilateral, or cognatic, meaning that lineage is traced both through the mother's and father's line. Common kinship classification systems used by anthropologists also take into account the nature of the marriage and family structures within a given society. Definitions and practices of marriage vary widely but can be broadly placed into two categories: exogamy and endogamy. Exogamy dictates that marriages must be with individuals that fall outside the immediate circle of family kin; exogamy rules are a result of incest taboos. However exogamy also ensures that a society's kinship ties will continually expand with each successive generation: new kinship ties will be formed as the result of a marriage union. The marriage union will result in new family kinship ties as well as social kinship ties unrelated to the family. Generally marriages are defined as heterosexual unions that result in offspring, but in many cultures, marriage is not so cut-and-dry. For example, anthropologists include polygamy, polyandry, and marriages without offspring as specific classifications of marriage-based kin relationships. Kinship classifications also change according to the nature of the marriage institution within a society. If, as in a patrilineal culture, the wife relocates to the community or home of the husband, kinship ties will be primarily formed in relation with the father's family. Community relationships will therefore be determined by the father's family: not only will familial relations include relatives that are unrelated by genes, but also the kinship ties within the culture will expand to include friendships and other social bonding. Works Cited Murphy, Michael Dean. "A Kinship Glossary: Symbols, Terms, and Concepts." The University of Alabama. Online at . Schwimmer, Brian. "Kinship and Social Organization." University of Manitoba. Online at .…

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Judith Stacy Is a Professor

The justice of supreme court Anthony Kennedies legalize the same sex marriage on appeal of one person but Stacy does not like the idea of going to court for this matter. Stacy also focuses on the idea of redefining the faithful relationship. Stacy told that she know many of couples who turn disloyal from integrity. Many couples decided to agree on an open relationship so that they could stay together without any unfaithfulness as it could give them more happiness. Stacy forces the audience to reconsider the idea of typical marriage life and refresh their ideas about polygamy. In her travel and research she pokes and prods and eagerly calls the questions that came into our mind about love, marriages and relationships. The book covers all family or marriages discussion by challenging conservative, feminists and proponents of same sex marriage. In my opinion Unhitched is really an incredible and interesting book. The writer has almost cover all the questions in order to challenge the myth that children need both mother and father to become a happy family or that the only way of caring your lover is to get married. She makes an original approach in unhitched which is emerged out as a deep journey to three different cultures which covers gay men in Los Angeles, South African families with an emphasis on polygamy and a non-marrying chine's tribe. She finds out the stress between desires and domesticity and the outcomes can a relationship assumes. It is a complete research but Stacey writes all this with verbenas and witness. It is surprising that Stacey did not hesitate to ask questions on conventional wisdoms. This book has changed many of my views about plural marriages and gay fatherhood did not have an idea that gay men easily adopt children of any race, class and even health status. writer just redefine the term polygeny by comparing the situations of United States (where same sex marriage is restricted) to south Africa (where people got legal right for same sex marriage). She takes the polygeny as a good deal offered to and by the people who are agreed to take social and economic responsibilities for their sexual urges and privileges. On the other hand, why one should not like about the Mosuo, where sex and love separated from economic and parental obligations that exists in our society? The mother and family of the mother…

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Application of a Literary Critical Model to the Dead by James Joyce

James Joyce / "The Dead" James Joyce's "The Dead" Gabriel as the Dead Man in "The Dead": A Take on Narcissism James Joyce's "The Dead" is a story about individuals and their relationships with others. Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta share an interesting relationship that is best understood by approaching it from a psychological critical approach. Gabriel is constantly…

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Strength of Women Explored in Hansberry's a

Strength of Women Explored in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun Brainstorming It takes all kinds of strong women to help make the world go round. Title of Work: A Raisin in the Sun Lena and Ruth are illustrations of the many types of strong women it takes to move humanity forward. Type of Theme: Universal Significance of Theme: Everyone, at some point in his or her life, has been influenced by a strong female. This does not necessarily need to be a mother; it can be a wife, a sister, friend, or relative. Lena is the stronger, older, wiser patriarchal figure that provides the anchor for the family. She reminds her children to mind their manners and she even argues with Walter over what to do with the money. Ruth is a strong woman but not in the same way as Lena. She is not as old and wise as Lena but she still has a good amount of strength to help her get through the tough times with Walter. She does not want to leave him and tried literally everything she can to make him happy. Even when she realizes that what he needs she cannot give him, she still wants to make things work with him. Thesis: Lena and Ruth demonstrate the power of women is limitless and priceless. A. Lena is the strong patriarchal figure in the play. 1. She is full of hope and she sees greater hope in a new home for her family. 2. She forgives Walter after he has been duped, allowing him to approach manhood and responsibility. B. Ruth is strong like Lena but in a different way. 1. She loves Walter enough to let him treat her badly and she never considers leaving him. 2. She demonstrates her love by expressing hope that her marriage can survive. Conclusion: Lena and Ruth are examples of the modern-day women and how their strength is essential to their family's survival. Strong women make the world go round. One play that demonstrates this point is Lorraine Hansberry's, a Raisin in the Sun. Lena Younger emerges as the strong patriarchal figure of the family because she is the glue that holds the family together, keeps it from unraveling at the ends, and rescues the family at the end of the play. She is wise and she knows that her son is just like his father…

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Chinese Wives the Treatment of Women in

Chinese Wives The treatment of women in China has long been a subject of debate. The strict traditional views have restricted the rights and privileges of Chinese women form many years. For the purposes of this discussion, we will focus on the role of the ideal wife as it relates to the late Qing Dynasty and the Revolutionary period. The…

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Five Ways Women Were Treated as Second Class People in Greek Society

¶ … Greek women were treated as second-Class people in Greek society Evidence of women's subjugation and status as second-class people in Greek society were primarily indicated in legal and philosophical writings. In general, women were not given the privilege to take part in Greek public life, thus limiting their activities and opportunities in life within the domain of domesticity. The cultivation of a Greek woman's second-class status is reflected in her relationship with her family. Early on in her life, a girl is almost always under the control of a male guardian, either her father, brother, or a male relative. Increased dependence occurs when the woman reaches the age of eighteen, wherein she undergoes arranged marriage with a man who is in his 30s. This large age discrepancy reflects the fact that women are not given the chance to enjoy and make the most out of their singlehood, while males are given the privilege to not only enjoy singlehood, but has the choice to choose the woman he is going to marry through arranged marriage. Dowry and gifts given to the bride are under the control of her father or brother. At the event of a divorce, a woman is return to her family and the dowry given back to her ex-husband. These family and marriage arrangements leave women at a disadvantage, showing how the people closest to them actually contribute to the perpetuation of their second-class status in Greek society. Evidence that shows women as second-class citizens in Greek society is people's regard for them as only child-bearers. They are only valued for their ability to reproduce; however, despite this unique capability, women are still considered as commodities, to be passed on as wife of one male to……

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Role Model Maya Angelou the Way We

Role Model Maya Angelou The way we live our lives is an expression of our world view. The choices and decisions we make, while involving some aspects of volition is deeply influenced by the experiences and situation we pass through as individuals. People who have passed through fiery trials in childhood may be destroyed or become deeply insightful. The latter is the condition of Maya Angelou. Her childhood challenges of abuse and parental divorce combined with a life of privation and hardship produced one of the most insightful and powerful women in modern America. A role model for many women and men she stands shoulders above many others in society. Her music, poetry and books form a tapestry of beauty and human expression that inevitably influences how we live our lives. The understanding of Maya Angelou's view of family can be derived from her multiple relationships as well as her experiences from her family of origin. Maya Angelou clearly believes in family. The strong bonds she has with her brother are demonstrated in her decision to tell her brother about the abuse she endured. Additionally, the name that she uses Maya is a nickname given to her by her brother (Maya Angelou 2012). She is monogamous and tends towards the traditional western model of family life. Her monogamy is noted because she engaged in a romantic relationship with a Ghanaian national and moved to Ghana for a time. This action suggests that she is willing to make sacrifices for the success of her relationships. Family is important to her. She was married at one time to a young sailor but the marriage ended in divorce. These events and her subsequent actions suggest that while family is important she is wary of marriage as an institution. This is very harmonious with my own world view about family and marriage. Marriage is important but not a necessity. I think that if relationships are not working couples need to make decisions to have them work or terminate the unhappy unions. I could not conceive of living life in a continuous state of unhappiness. The career of Ms. Angelou is phenomenal. She is a poet, actor,……

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Book of Ruth Ruth, and

But more importantly, her decision is to remain faithful to her promise. She does not consider that she has another option. Even though she has been raised in a land apart from the law, and the direct influences of YHWH, her heart is tender to his purpose. The story continues of discovering Boaz, the nearest relative of Naomi who is an age which maybe interested in marrying Ruth. He is a wealthy land owner, and through a series of ceremonial customs, Boaz expressed his desire to wed Ruth, after Ruth displays her humble and servant hearted character by reaping food for her step mother in obedience to her step mothers requests. We do not know ho much time has passed since Naomi and Ruth have returned dot Israel in search of a family. Often as we turn the pages of scripture, we are not award of how much time or effort has gone into a particular endeavor. In Ruth 3.11 the reader is given a picture of the passage of time. Boaz has expressed his appreciation for Ruth's kindness to him, and he says "The whole city of my people knows that you are a virtuous woman." God is at work in Ruth's life although his name is not present. He is working to weave a future for a virtuous and caring woman to whom life had been exceedingly unkind. Family lineage was important in Israel, as the tribes kept written records of their ancestors for generations, from the time they were deposited in Egypt until the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. The final 2 points of Ruth's story are related to lineage. Ruth and Boaz are wed. They give birth to Obed. Obed is the father of Jesse, who in turn is the father of David, the king. From David the king, the everlasting King is descendent, Jesus of Nazareth. The next important lesson to find in Ruth's story is that the traits of the parents are passed along to the children, who then often repeat the patterns. Ruth and Boaz had an exceptional relationship which was birthed out of respecting traditions, and vows, and being faithful to ones commitments. The character of these two parents was undoubtedly passed along thorough training and example to Obed, and Jesse, who became the father of a king. We cannot see the day-to-day lessons which were passed along within this…

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Family Systems and Marriage Preparation

Family system theory does not only include aspects of dealing with the family of origin of eth couples but it also deals with the structure of the new family that the couple will want to engage in . Hence, another important aspect of the family systems theory is the recognition of the responsibilities that the couples feel they will like…

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