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A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.
This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).
Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social ...
Chapter 11: The Family Institution: Forms and Functions
The Family Institution: Forms and Functions
The family institution has often been called the basic building block of society, a characterization supported by a great deal of sociological and anthropological research. The family is universal (every known society has some form of family institution), and it is universally important. Although there is variation from society to society, the family generally has the primary responsibility for the tasks that are crucial to survival, including reproduction, socialization, production and consumption of goods and services, and emotional support.
Although the family is universally important, it is highly variable in its structure. From society to society and from time to time, considerable variation can be found in rules of marriage (e.g., how many spouses are ...