What is a family? U.S. Census Bureau ? ?a group of two or more people (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of the family.? Some sociologists- ?those sharing economic property, sexual access among the adults, and a sense of commitment among members? Most basic institution of society Two types: Family of orientation Family of procreation Family Forms and Changes Our choice of a romantic or life partner doesn?t depend solely on our attraction to someone, how well we get along with him or her, or our shared life goals. Whether we realize it or not, there are also legal and cultural factors that affect our choice. How do new families start? Exogamy Incest Taboo Endogamy Homogamy Arranged marriages Free choice marriages Three stage courtship process
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