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Marriage and Family

Educational videos on the sociological factors of marriage and family.

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Beyond the Nuclear Family
SKU: 40310
What is a family? The answer might have been easy a generation ago, but today a much wider range of possibilities exists. This program offers a thought-provoking look at the changing roles, structures, and functions of the family unit. Societal expectations, technological advancements, and changes in cultural and sexual diversity are explored. A range of emotional, environmental, economic, and health-related considerations are presented as further reasons for evolving family characteristics. The video presents four Australian case studies of family forms, including interviews with family members, as well as discussions of the future of the family. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. (25 minutes)

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Families Matter
SKU: 5042
This program with Bill Moyers examines why America has become an unfriendly culture for families and children, and explores ways to rebuild a web of support for families. Among those featured on the program are Rosalie Streett, Exec. Director of Parent Action (Baltimore, MD); Jill Bradley, Director of Child Care Services, Chicago Housing Authority; and Richard Louv, author of the book Childhood's Future. They discuss some of the practical steps needed to create a more hospitable social climate for families. The program also visits parents in San Diego who are struggling with some of the problems affecting the quality of parents' and children's lives. (60 minutes)

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Family
SKU: 10340
From prehistoric extended families to today's double-income and single-parent families, the family as an institution has undergone dramatic change. This program examines the concept of family as viewed around the world and down through time. Historians Andre Burguiere and Pieter Spierenburg; authors Beatrice Gottlieb and Helene Tremblay; Henri Leridon, of the Institute for Demographic Studies; and Egyptologist Florence Maruejol discuss family structure in agrarian societies, life in a polygamous family, the practice of infanticide, the effects of the Industrial Revolution, the impact of the Baby Boom, the upsurge in generational alienation, the impact of divorce, and other topics. (53 minutes)

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage . . .
SKU: 10336
When people form a community, how do they develop the guidelines-at once unique and yet universal-for satisfying their needs as individuals, families, and entire societies? This engaging five-part series provides a sociological overview of the cultural conventions surrounding gender, love, and death and the ways in which they fuel the fundamental institutions of marriage and family. 5-part series, 53 minutes each.

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Interracial Marriage
SKU: 3200
Two generations ago it was a recipe for social ostracism; a generation ago the tongues wagged; and now there are some once totally clannish ethnic groups with a 60% rate of intermarriage. This program examines how and why couples of different colors, religions, and ethnic roots are drawn to one another, how their differences affect their marriages, how they deal with their friends, and how their parents make peace with the children-in-law they wish were of their own race or background. (52 minutes)

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Juggling Work and Family
SKU: 29077
In an era where dual-career couples and single parents have become the norm, mothers and fathers are getting caught in a work-family conflict that pits the ideal worker" against the "ideal parent." In this timely documentary, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the impact and implications of a massive shift in our workforce that has buried the traditional father-breadwinner/mother-housewife family model. Incisive case studies, innovative corporate and union initiatives, and analyses by experts addressing the tension between work and family provide insights into people's struggle to reconcile workplace expectations with family needs. Experts say the time has come for America to realign its priorities and create ways to protect the family-but how can it be done without sacrificing America's competitive advantages? (2 hours)"

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Marriage
SKU: 10339
An institution supported by religious and civil authorities, marriage bestows both freedoms and restraints designed to promote social stability. But as divorce rates continue to soar, is marriage getting a bad name? In this program, author Sabine Da Costa and anthropologists Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University, and Peter Lovell, of the University of New Brunswick, track the development of marriage, from ancient times to the current day. Specific topics include cohabitation; arranged marriages; betrothal; dowry; the wedding ceremony; endogamy and exogamy; monogamy, polygamy, and polyandry; same-sex marriages; divorce; and remarriage. (53 minutes)

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Nuestra Familia, Our Family-Educator's Edition
SKU: 37241
Nobody is safe in Salinas, California, where two Latino gangs, Nuestra Familia and the Mexican Mafia, are at war. Through exclusive interviews with NF members and law enforcement personnel, this program describes Nuestra Familia's formation by convicts inside the prisons of northern California, its military-like structure, its dismaying power throughout the region and the U.S., and Operation Black Widow, a controversial joint task force between the Salinas Police Department and the FBI designed to demolish this notorious crime machine. The multigenerational story of one family's involvement with the NF-a story of total commitment turned to disillusionment and deep regret-is interwoven. Bonus material includes interviews with inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, Salinas Chief of Police Daniel Ortega, gang-prevention activist Antonio Avalos, and the filmmakers themselves (DVD only). Filmed by the Center for Investigative Reporting. (59 minutes + 56 minutes of bonus material)

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Polygamy
SKU: 36261
Is polygamy a degrading and harmful practice that only benefits men, or a misunderstood aspect of American subculture that deserves a break? This ABC News program gives the subject careful attention by interviewing women with widely varying polygamist experiences. Some practitioners portray it as a healthy institution that eliminates jealousy and isolation. Another woman condemns it, recounting a barrage of abuses from her polygamist past and epitomizing the viewpoint of many who have escaped the culture. The program accompanies the young woman as she returns to her childhood home to confront those who exploited and mistreated her. (37 minutes)

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The Sociology of Families and Households
SKU: 40137
This multi-section program examines the relationships between established sociological perspectives-structural functionalism, Marxist theory, and early feminist theory-and the family; investigates how over several decades the decline in marriage, an increase in cohabitation and divorce, and the lowering fertility rate in the U.K. have affected the British nuclear family; and juxtaposes the old sociology of families and the new, with its emphasis on comparative analysis and how family relationships are negotiated in everyday life. The video concludes with a look at how changes in family life can be linked to changes in wider society and asks if families have a future. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. A part of the series Understanding Sociology. (40 minutes)

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