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27 Cards in this Set

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social union (civil union)
the legal term that speaks to the commitment, or the marriage contract, the partners make to one another
defense of marriage act (DOMA)
a law signed by president bill clinton confirming marriage is a legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife
a dyadic (two-person) form of marriage that invovles the practice of having one sexual partner. the sex partner reciprocates exclusively to his or her marital partner
the belief that monogamy is the only true, morally and socially appropriate type of marriage or love relationship
the practice of having more than one marriage partner
the form of polygamy or plural marriage that involves the practice of a man having multiple wives at the same time
the form of polygamy in which women have multiple husbands at the same time
a form of marriage that is often referred to as group marriage. In cenogamous marriages, every man and woman is married to each other at the same time
a family consists of two or more people related by birth, marriage or adoption residing in the same unit
a household consists of all people who occupy a housing unit regardless of relationship
family of origin
the family into which we are born or brought into by adoption
family of procreation
the family unit that is formed when we marry and produce children
the broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences among groups within a culture
in the united states, it refers to people differences in age, gender, race, ethnicity, cultures, sexual orientation, and religion
nuclear family
the nuclear family consists of a biological father, a biological mother and their biological or adopted children
family values
usually refers to a society's paradigm or view point that expects its members to adhere to perceived proper social roles, such as marrying and having children, remaining monogamous and faithful to the marriage partner, and opposing same-sex relationships marriages and parenting by gay or lesbian partners
fertility rate
the average number of live births per woman, in a given population, per year
refers to a group of people who are distinguished from another group of people, typically by their skin color, ancestry or genetics
refers to a social construction that is used to identify groups of people who share common cultural traits, such as religion, customs, language, and dress
fictive kin
people who are not biologically related but who fulfill a family role
foreign-born people who have been granted the right to permanently live and work within the United States
Native American/Alaska Native (NA/AN)
the aboriginal people of the United States and their descendants, who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment
social identity
refers to whether the goals of the society/culture emphasize the advancement of the groups interests and individual interests
collectivist cultures
cultures that define their identity in terms of the relationships individuals hold with others, which takes priority over individuals needs; group membership is important
individualistic cultures
individuals goals are more important than the goals of the group. individuals define their identity or sense of self by way of personal attributes
social ecology
the perspective that recognizes that individual family members experiences, as well as outside social factors and policies, significantly affect the quality and the nature of their relationships
ecological model
a theory developed by russian-born Uri Bronfenbrenner that explains the multiple influences that affect individuals and families development over their lifetimes. the central concept is that people develop in a variety of different contexts