Shifting the Center Understanding Contemporary Families

ISBN-10: 0073404233

ISBN-13: 9780073404233

Edition: 4th 2011

List price: $142.00
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This anthology explores the issues and diversity of contemporary families, presenting balanced coverage of racial and ethnic variation and discussing a wide variety of family arrangements and processes. 32 out of the 50 selections included are new to this edition.
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List price: $142.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 5/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for almost 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is used in introductory classes around the country. Ferguson also teaches courses on the family, medical sociology, the Sociology of the Body, and a new seminar on social inequality and identity. Ferguson has published in all of these areas, including the research collection, Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic (with co-editor Anne Kasper, Palgrave, 2000), and Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families (McGraw-Hill, 2011). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for Contemporary Family Perspectives, which is a series of research monographs and short texts on the family (Sage Publications).Ferguson, who grew up in a working class family in Colorado, still considers the Rocky Mountains to be her spiritual home. A first-generation college student, Ferguson was able to attend college with the help of scholarships, work study, and financial loans. She majored in Political Science and Spanish and also completed certificates of study in Womenrsquo;s Studies and Latin American Studies. After working a couple of years for a large research grant sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, Ferguson entered graduate school and completed her masterrsquo;s degree in sociology at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of study are gender, family, womenrsquo;s health, and pedagogy, but her primary enthusiasm is for teaching.

Introduction to the Study of Families
"The Family in Question: What is the Family? Is It Universal?"
"Feminist Rethinking from Racial-Ethnic Families"
"The Emergence of Lesbian-Coparent Families in Postmodern Society"
"Values, Policy, and the Family"
Historical Changes and Family Variations
"Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity"
"Fictive Kin, Paper Sons, and Compradazgo"
"The Politics of Theorizing Black Families: Old Debates, New Directions"
"'The Normal American Family' as an Interpretive Structure of Family Life among Grown children of Korean and Vietnamese Immigrants"
"Gender, Economy, and Kinship in Complex Households among Six U.S. Ethnic Groups"
Courtship, Dating, and Power
Choosing Mates--The American Way
"Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood: Double Binds and Flawed Options"
"Dating and Romantic Relationships Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youths"
"Arranged Marriages: What's Love Got to Do With It?"
Marriage, Cohabitation, and Partnership
"The Deinstitutionalization of Marriage"
"State of Our Unions: Marriage Promotion and the Contested Power of Heterosexuality"
"Marriage: The Good, the Bad, and the Greedy"
"Clashing Dreams: Highly Educated Overseas Brides and Low-Wage U.S. Husbands"
"Families Formed Outside of Marriage"
"Living Apart Together: A New Family Form"
"From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage, and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships"
Motherhood and Fatherhood
"Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing about Motherhood"
"Mothering From a Distance: Emotions, Gender, and Intergenerational Relations in Filipino Transnational Families"
"Mothering for the State: Foster Parenting and the Challenges of Government-Contracted Carework"
"Fathering: Paradoxes, Contradictions, and Dilemmas"
"What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away From Their Children"
"The Father as an Idea"
Parents and Parenting, Children and Childrearing
"Not-so-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care"
"Beyond the Birth Family: African American Children Reared by Alternative Caregivers"
"Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children"
"How) Does The Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?"
"Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families"
"Consumption as Care and Belonging: Economies of Dignity in Children's Daily Lives"
Grandparents and Multigenerational Relationships
"The Strengths of Apache Grandmothers: Observations on Commitment, Culture, and Caretaking"
"My Mother's Hip: Lessons from the World of Eldercare"
Divorce, Remarriage, and Blended Families
"Framing Divorce Reform: Media, Morality, and the Politics of Family"
"Divorce Culture and Marital Gender Equality: A Cross-National Study"
"Accounting for Divorce: Gender and Uncoupling Narratives"
"The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities"
"Overlooked Aspects of Stepfathering"
Families and Violence
"Through a Feminist Lens: Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework"
"Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Domestic Violence Against South Asian Women in the United States"
"Toward a Better Understanding of Lesbian Battering"
"Abuse of Elders"
Families, Work, and Carework
"The Work-Home Crunch"
"Fast Track Women and the 'Choice' to Stay Home"
"Negotiating Work and Parenting over the Life Course: Mexican Family Dynamics in a Binational Context"
"Gendered Bargain: Why Wives Cannot Trade Their Money for Housework"
"No Place Like Home: The Division of Domestic Labor in Lesbigay Families"
"Creating a Caring Society"
Families and Poverty
"As American as Apple Pie: Poverty and Welfare"
"Flat Broke With Children: The Ground Level Results of Welfare Reform"
"Unmarried with Children"
"Is There Hope for America's Low-Income Children?"
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