|Culture and Cultural Studies||CyberCulture|
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|Culture and Cultural Studies|
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|Customs, etiquette, fashion and folklore|
|Childbirth is an important event in every society; biologically, of course, but also culturally and sociologically. The experience of childbirth is one of the most corporeal of the human condition. The sociological study of pregnancy and birth concentrates on the cultural norms, social institutions, and economic factors that influence the processes. Our ways of thinking about pregnancy & birth (and death!) are shaped by our families, medical institutions, religious organizations, and our own life experiences.|
Marriage is a socially supported union involving two or more individuals in a more or less stable, enduring arrangement based at least in part on a sexual bond of some kind. Marriage may require religious and/or civil sanction, although some couples are considered married simply by living together for a period of time (common law marriage).
Marriage serves several functions. It serves to socially identify children by defining kinship ties to a mother, father, and extended relatives. It also serves to regulate sexual behavior, to transfer, preserve, or consolidate property, prestige, and power, and most importantly, it is the basis for the institution of family.
Marriage is no longer a legal or social necessity, yet many people still choose to marry and have a wedding. Individuals are able to carefully orchestrate and construct the rituals and structure of the wedding event to reflect their ideals, values and ability to participate in market expectations. The wedding is not only a ceremonial rite of passage, it is also as a highly profitable industry.
|The study of food an eating has a long history in sociology and anthropology. Food is not only important for its own sake: food is utterly essential to human existence and is often insufficiently available. Food studies illuminate broad societal processes such as political-economic value-creation, symbolic value-creation (rituals & identities), and the social construction of memory.|
dr. Albert Benschop
Social & Behavioral Studies
University of Amsterdam
|Last modified||24th February, 2018|