Handbook of Family Diversity

ISBN-10: 0195120396
ISBN-13: 9780195120394
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $88.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The status of the American family has been the topic of considerable debate in recent years. As demographic changes make the country more multicultural and as new types of families continue to form and become more common, it is essential for sociologists, social workers, family researchers, and psychologists to understand the full range of diversity in American families. However, to varying extents, African American families, Latino families, Asian American families, poverty-stricken and near-poor families, lesbian and gay families, single-parent families, and stepfamilies have been marginalized from mainstream scholarship. As a result, students taking courses on families are typically not exposed to the experiences of these groups. The Handbook of Family Diversity fills this gap in scholarship by providing a comprehensive discussion of several key dimensions where families differ: race, socioeconomic status, family structure, sexual orientation, and gender. It is designed to inform and broaden the debate among students, family scholars, practitioners, and policymakers as to what constitutes a family and how families should function. Featuring commissioned chapters by prominent scholars from a variety of fields, The Handbook of Family Diversity discusses different types of families from widely varying social and economic backgrounds. These authoritative yet highly readable essays discuss important public policy issues pertaining to family diversity and describe the everyday realities of family interactionsthe tensions and dynamics of intimacy, support, control, communication, and conflict. Multiple disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are presented throughout the volume, providing evidence that there is no unified or monolithic perspective on families. Emphasizing the most current and cutting edge knowledge on family diversity, The Handbook of Family Diversity sets a new standard for research in this important and vital area of study.

David H. Demo is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focuses on divorce and family transitions, changes in family relationships accompanying divorce, and the consequences of family transitions for family members' well-being. He has published widely in professional journals and he has authored or co-authored numerous chapters in edited volumes. He has also authored or edited several books, including Handbook of family diversity (with Katherine R. Allen and Mark A. Fine); Parents and adolescents in changing families (with Anne Marie Ambert); and Family diversity and well-being (with Alan C. Acock), which received the Choice Magazine Outstanding Book Award. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and in 2007, he began a term as Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family. He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.

Katherine R. Allen (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is Professor of Family Studies and adjunct professor of Women's Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her primary academic interests are in family diversity over the life course, feminism and family studies, and qualitative research methods. She is also interested in feminist and anti-racist pedagogy and women's leadership in higher education. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, Journal of Aging Studies, and Journal of GLBT Family Studies. She was co-editor of the Handbook of Family Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2000) with David Demo and Mark Fine, the co-author of Women and Families: Feminist Reconstructions with Kristine Baber (Guilford, 1992), and the author of Single Women/Family Ties: Life Histories of Older Women (Sage, 1989), has served as a contributing author in a number of Sage titles (e.g., Hendrick & Hendrick's Close Relationships: A Sourcebook, McKenry/Price's Families & Change, 3/e), and is a prolific author of journal articles.nbsp;

Mark Fine is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He was Editor of Family Relations from 1993-1996 and was Editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships from 1999-2004. His research interests lie in the areas of family transitions, such as divorce and remarriage; early intervention program evaluation; social cognition, and relationship stability. He was co-editor, along with David Demo and Katherine Allen, of the Handbook of family diversity, published in 2000 by Oxford University Press. He co-authored, along with John Harvey, Children of divorce: Stories of hope and loss in 2004 by Erlbaum; co-edited, with John Harvey, The handbook of divorce and relationship dissolution in 2005 by Erlbaum; and co-edited, with Jean Ispa and Kathy Thornburg, Keepin' on: The everyday struggles of young families in poverty, published in 2006 by Brookes Publishing Company. He has published almost 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. In 2000, he was selected as a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Fine is a licensed psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice.

Foreword, Kathleen Gerson
Acknowledgments
Introduction
An Overview of Family Diversity: Controversies, Questions, and Values
Reflections on Family Diversity: Past and Present
Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity
Diversity of Family Structure: Economic and Social Influences
Gender Dynamics in Families
Gender, Marriage, and Diverse Possibilities for Cross-Sex and Same-Sex Pairs
Gender and Parent-Child Relations
Gender and Intergenerational Relationships
Kinship and Gender
Family Structure and Diversity
Diversity Within Single-Parent Families
Diversity Among Stepfamilies
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Families
Older Adults and Their Families
Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversities in Families
Diversity Within African American Families
Diversity Within Latino Families: New Lessons for Family Social Science, Maxine Baca Zinn and Barbara Wells
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Class Diversities in Families
Poverty and Economic Hardship in Families
Diversity in Family Structure: Effects on Schooling
Applications for Working With Families
Culture and Narrative as Central Metaphors for Clinical Practice with Families
Family Diversity and Family Life Education
Family Diversity and Family Policy
Conclusion
Family Diversity and Intersecting Categories: Toward a Richer Approach to Multiple Roles
The Handbook's Tail: Toward Revels or a Requiem for Family Diversity?
Family Diversity in the 21st Century: Implications for Research, Theory, and Practice

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