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Family

  1. 1. GENDER COMMUNICATION INfamilyCMS 498 Alex Jaime
  2. 2. WHAT IS FAMILY?Family is not just the location of interpersonalrelationships, but it is also a social institution thatgenders its members. Family is organized alongthese gendered lines by other social forces.
  3. 3. HOW SOCIETY IS INVOLVEDThe way society communicatesabout family has an influenceon the family’s structure andhow the institution structuresits members – it is all connected!
  4. 4. FAMILIES & GENDERSo now the question is How does the social institution of familyrelate to gender diversity?
  5. 5. FAMILIES & GENDERFamilies and gender are soconnected that it isimpossible to understand one without referring tothe other.Families are organized by gender – for example, by theroles of mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother,etc. An example of these roles are shown in thepicture in the next slide.
  6. 6. FAMILY GENDER ROLES
  7. 7. IMPACTIf you think about it, family really is the first encounterone has in gaining information on gender. Growingup, children are taught women and men havedifferent roles in the family structure and thereforehave different roles in society itself.
  8. 8. NUCLEAR FAMILYWhat is a nuclear family and where did the conceptcome from? A traditional nuclear family is composed of 2 parents, onemale and one female whom have biological children. The roles of the husband and wife are very different. The maleis the wage earner and the female is the homemaker. Along with the stereotypical notions of masculinity &femininity, the nuclear family concept also emerged during theIndustrial Revolution.
  9. 9. NUCLEAR FAMILYCurrently, this type of institution is not the onlyoption. Family structures are changing and no longerfollow this exact path.Why?The nuclear family is NOT self-sufficient. Society -friends, work, religion, schools, media, and lawinfluence family & the way gender is communicatedbetween its members.
  10. 10. COMMUNICATIONWhen communicating in these social institutions, it isalmost like a cycle.
  11. 11. COMMUNICATION1) Society communicates to the family as a whole andto the family’s individual members.2) Then, there is communication that occurs withinthe social institution itself, meaning between familymembers.3) The family as a whole communicates back tosociety through their behavior and thoughts.
  12. 12. STAGE ONESociety communicates to the family as a whole and to the family’s individualmembers.For example, if most of the popular television shows havethe male role provide the family with food on the tableand clothes on their back, this is society communicatingto the family that:THIS IS NORMAL GENDER BEHAVIOR!!!
  13. 13. STAGE TWOThen, there is communication that occurs within the social institutionitself, meaning between family members.This is also where parent-child communication comes into play. Parents provide amodel for children’s gendered identities because children are closest to theirparents (as opposed to society’s influences) for a longer period of time. Childrenare likely to model parent’s behavior if a) they admire the person they areobserving and b) if they are rewarded for the behavior. For example, if a childadmires the father who communicates extremely derogatory things to his or hermother, the child may model that behavior in gender communication when he orshe is older.When a family goes about their daily life schedule, they are subconsciouslycommunicating to each other. They communicate what is acceptable and what isnot. They communicate the roles in which they have and the roles that they maywish they had. Communicating does not only mean speaking, it can also mean thebehavior and non-verbal communication.
  14. 14. STAGE THREEThe family as a whole communicates back to society through theirbehavior and thoughts.As stated in the previous slide, when a family goes about their daily lifeschedule, they are subconsciously communicating BACK TO SOCIETY!They communicate what is acceptable and what is not. Theycommunicate the roles in which they have and the roles that they maywish they had. Communicating does not only mean speaking, it can alsomean the behavior and non-verbal communication.
  15. 15. Analysis & DiscussionGender Communication in FamilySociety has a large impact on the communication that isinvolved in family structures. This is mainly becausegender roles are constructed through public discourse.Society communicates the ways families “should” be andthen families communicate back to society with whatthey actually are. Gender communication in families is acycle that is so broad yet so personalized at the sametime.“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”

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