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  • 1. Diversity In Families NINTH EDITION Chapter One Images, Ideals, and Myths Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc.Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 2. Chapter One Overview Images and ideals of the American family The mythical American family A new framework for understanding families Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 3. Myths The Family as Haven The Family as Fulfillment The Family as Encumbrance Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 4. Images And Ideals The Family as Haven: - The family provides a safe-haven from the threats and dangers of the modern world. Love and protection are themes of this kind of myth. The Family as Fulfillment: - The family provides satisfactions unattainable through other social arrangements. Family is still a haven, but one of fulfillment and meaningful experiences. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 5. Images And Ideals The Family as Encumbrance: - A negative image of the family in which components of family life are viewed as inhibiting self-expression and personal freedom. This view calls for freedom from domestic relationships. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 6. Images and Reality: Relations amongst family members are highly idealized and can lead to disappointment, guilt, or anger when reality falls short of expectations. Family remains in symbolic opposition to work and business. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 7. Images and Reality: Popular cultural images no longer describe family life, if they ever did. - Nevertheless, the general public clings to romanticized images of the family. The image of an insular group consisting of two parents and children is a class and race specific ideal which ignores the reality of family life in parts of society. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 8. Images and Reality: Todays television families are more realistic than in the past, but we are still held to an unrealistic image of family coming to us from every part of society. - When our real families dont measure up we can feel ashamed and guilty and even angry that our families are not ideal. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 9. The Mythical American Family Myth of a Stable and Harmonious Family of the Past: - Families of the past are idealized as being more stable and happier than todays families. However, the family has faced adverse problems throughout history. - The divorce rate may be higher now than in the past, but for a variety of reasons. There has always been child abuse, elder abuse, illegitimate children born and step parents, we are more aware of it now than in the past and it happens because of divorce now whereas in the past it happened for reasons such as death of the mother during childbearing, empty marriages etc Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 10. The Mythical American Family Myth of Separate Worlds: - The image of the family as haven emerged out of the belief that work and family roles were mutually exclusive. However the family is deeply imbedded in social and economic structures. - The myth that families exist in opposition to the rest of the world is a false dichotomy with contradictory expectations. We want family to protect us from society while at the same time, we expect them to prepare us for society. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 11. The Mythical American Family Myth of Separate Worlds Continued: - Families are expected to be free standing, but in reality they are entangled with other social institutions in trying to meet the needs of the family and society. - Social changes have weakened the family in some ways, but in some ways the family is stronger. - Globalization and the changes it produces in the economy, the workplace and the nation-state are among the most important influences in family life today. Copyright 2011 by Pearson Education, Inc. Diversity in Families, Ninth Edition Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Maxine Baca Zinn D. Stanley Eitzen Barbara Wells All rights reserved.
  • 12. The Mythical American Family Myth of the Monolithic Family For