Couples, Kids, and Family Life (Social Worlds from the by Jaber F. Gubrium, James A. Holstein

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By Jaber F. Gubrium, James A. Holstein

This ebook, the 1st within the sequence "Social Worlds from the interior Out", introduces undergraduates to the examine of the kin (one of the biggest classes taken on sociological institutions), via a chain of unique chapters commissioned for this quantity. The e-book offers the social international of the relatives "from the interior out" throughout the lived studies of its individuals, thereby supplementing middle texts for this path with multi-faceted descriptions of real-life studies.

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The women’s insistence that they are not overly pessimistic about marriage clearly recognizes that they are resisting the cultural mandate. The women know that marriage is 16 COUPLES normatively characterized in romantic terms, and they are uncomfortable offering more realistic understandings. When this feeling is combined with the women’s tendency to recast their own (realistic) experiences in romantic terms, it appears that the cultural ideal of a romantic marriage does influence these women. The way the women innovatively cast their mundane experiences in romantic terms implies that aspects of the romantic ideal remain important to them.

I don’t think it’s like a, like a hugely like romantic thing as opposed to like, more of like a caring about each other, about each others’ feelings and wanting to make the other happy. Anne: Just spending time together. It doesn’t always have to be, you know, talking to each other or assessing your relationship and things like that, but I just think it’s so important that you’re in each other’s company because there’s this bond that you both have that you share. . I mean, I just think that since you’re together everyday, that’s your life, that if you can you should do things like go to the store together, little things, cause I think they build up and really matter.

I let her deal with stuff I don’t want to, and she doesn’t like that aspect a lot. She would rather I be probably more the person who handles the business and handles financial needs, but like I said, I’m still learning to do that. Jennifer (thirty-seven, married four years): I think I’m the stronger person in the relationship, period. . I am the stronger person, covering a lot more areas than he does. . I think I get resentful [because] he knows as long as I’m there, maybe he doesn’t have to do anything because I’m the stronger person.

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