Sociology Marriage and Family

In Think: Marriages & Families, there are many perceptions covered by author J. Kunz. Throughout the reading of the required text by J. Kunz, one can better understand the concepts of marriage and family, communication and conflict and the role of the gender.
Marriage is defined as “a legally recognized union between a man and a woman” (Kunz, 5).   There are many categories of marriages explained to the reader throughout chapter one. Marriages around the world are considered polygamous or monogamous. To begin with understanding the meaning of monogamous which Kunz defines as one person married to another person in an exclusive union. This means that the partners are solely with each other and do not stray away. Next, in a polygamous marriage, one person is married to multiple husbands or wives. In the Mormon religion it is common to find this way of marriage however, in a male to many wives concept not necessarily the other way around. In other cultures such as, Africa and the Middle East it is common to have an ordered marriage in which families of the wife and husband have exchanged an arrangement before the two people enter into a union.   This is known as arranged marriages. Jennifer Kunz explains in depth what a family means according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This entails, a “group of two or more related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together” (Kunz, 6).   During this section of Think: Marriages & Families, one will better understand the meaning and types of unions.
Communication is the act of transmission whether it is through verbal or nonverbal information to another person. This happens when two or more people write, converse or signal with one another. There are three main types of communication, verbal, visual and nonverbal. Verbal communication is processed through spoken language, for instance discussing the latest football scores with your best friend. Next, visual communication which is explained by Kunz as being information...