Essay On Gender And Parenthood

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The topic of gender and parenthood has always been researched, but more so in a bias and unclear way. There is no differentiation between preferences of disciplinary techniques and the gender gap between the mother-child dyad, the father-child dyad, or the father-mother-child triad. This reason is primarily because of gender differences in parenting. According to Alice S. Rossi, “twenty years ago parenting meant mothering, and studies either frankly labeled their subjects “mothers,” or one quickly learned that all subjects were women, though the title referred to parents” (1984). Rossi continues that a decade ago, researchers began to use the label “caregiver” to project the notion that fathers and nonparent surrogates can take care of a child …show more content…
These sociologists examined dyads and triads to further their study of interactions between individuals of society. The introduction to the idea of “the primary group” has lead to the study of intimate associations with people we share sense of belonging, such as our family and friends. One sociologist, George Herbert Mead, emphasized that as we gained an idea of how people in general see things, we develop a sense of the “generalized other” (Babbie, 2013). Mead felt that most interactions revolved around the process of individuals reaching common understanding through the use of language and other such system, hence the term symbolic interactionism (Babbie, 2013). This paradigm can end insight into the nature of social interactions in ordinary social life—i.e. family. The application of symbolic interaction to family studies allow for the examination of socialization, role performance, identity formation, and meaning making; it also focuses on reward and cost in relation to patterned meanings and interpretations. One particular socialization is disciplinary techniques used on children, whether verbal control discipline or physical control discipline. Many researchers have studied the affects and views of verbal and physical control discipline among children and their parental figures. Researchers have used many variables to explain these child-rearing techniques, from ethnicity, socioeconomic status to even education, but yet they focused on one gender, females, particularly mothers. The “motherly” part of discipline is the primary group rather than considering the interaction between the father-child dyad. The father-child dyad is not the only flaw; it also unclear which disciplinary techniques are preferred more by parental figures, whether father or mother. Meanings of things

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