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Polygamy and Monogamy, Comparing Relationship Functions across Relationship Structure
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Pendaz-Foster, Sadie. 2021. “Polygamy and Monogamy, Comparing Relationship Functions across Relationship Structure”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


After a lecture on the function of families, and introducing the definitions of monogamy and polygamy, students watch an episode of two reality series shows, each featuring Kendra Wilkinson (aka Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett). In one of the shows she is in a polygamous relationship with Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, and in the other show...

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College 100
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. This activity and discussion are to help students compare the effects of relationship structure (being in a monogamous or polygamous relationship) on how functions of the family are experienced at the individual and relationship level.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students will apply four functions of the family to the experience of the same individual within a monogamous relationship (in one case) and a polygamous relationship (in another case).
  2. Students will evaluate the impact of the relationship structure (monogamous or polygamous) on the experience of the functions of families for those participants in the relationships.

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