Exploring Family Theories

ISBN-10: 0195377710

ISBN-13: 9780195377712

Edition: 2nd 2009

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Description: Written by a team of experts, Exploring Family Theories, Second Edition, is a combined text/reader that integrates theory with research and applications. Presenting a diverse variety of perspectives, it offers students a unique and highly readable introduction to family theories. In each chapter, Suzanne R. Smith, Raeann R. Hamon, Bron B. Ingoldsby, and J. Elizabeth Miller present the history, scholarship, and critiques of each principal family theory in a concise and student-friendly manner. Numerous illustrations and examples augment and clarify content, while application questions help students relate each theory to the real world. After each chapter, a follow-up journal article exemplifies how each theory is used to guide actual research. Now in its second edition, Exploring Family Theories features contemporary--rather than historical--readings and a completely updated literature review. This edition also addresses issues of diversity throughout. Clear, comprehensive, and concise, Exploring Family Theories, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in family theory.

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List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Raeann R. Hamon is Professor of Family Science and Gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Messiah College, Pennsylvania. She holds one of two Scholar Chair Awards at Messiah College. Dr. Hamon received her Ph.D. in Family and Child Development and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has numerous publications and presentations on topics such as filial responsibility, family relationships in later life, parents' experience of adult children's divorce, intergenerational service-learning, Bahamian folklore, and Bahamian family life. She recently co-edited Mate Selection Across Cultures (Sage, 2003) and served as an associate editor fornbsp;the four-volume International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family (Macmillan Reference, 2003) and as a guest editor for a special double issue of the Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family: Innovations in Family Science (Haworth, 2004), which was devoted to the topic of teaching about international families.nbsp; A Certified Family Life Educator, she is an enthusiastic teacher of courses like Marital Relationships, Dynamics of Family Interaction, Sociology of Aging, and Foundations of Marriage and Family. She is President of the Association of Councils and a member of the Executive Board for the National Council on Family Relations, where she is also an active member of the International Section.

Bron Ingoldsby is Associate Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. A leader in the area of cross-cultural family research, he is the author of numerous professional publications, including (with Raeann Hamon) Mate Selection Across Cultures. His current work focuses on family change among the Hutterian Brethren, and marriage in Latin America. He is a popular instructor of Cross Cultural Family classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He was honored as the 2002 recipient of the Jan Trost Award for Outstanding Contributions to Comparative Family Studies by the National Council on Family Relations. He has served twice on the NCFR board as the chair of the International and Religion & Family Life sections.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
What Is Theory?
Theory in Historical Perspective
Family Theory
Text Organization
Symbolic Interactionism Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Symbolic Interactionism in Grounded Theory Studies: Women Surviving with HIV/AIDS in Rural Northern Thailand
Structural Functionalism Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: The Theoretical Importance of Love
Family Development Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Work-Family Stage and Satisfaction with Work-Family Balance
Family Stress Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Ambiguous Loss and the Family Grieving Process
Family Systems Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: The Costs of Getting Ahead: Mexican Family System Changes After Immigration
Conflict Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Why Welfare?
Social Exchange Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Power and Dependence in Intimate Exchange
Feminist Family Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Feminist Visions for Transforming Families: Desire and Equality Then and Now
Biosocial Theory
History
Basic Assumptions
Primary Terms and Concepts
Common Areas of Research and Application
Critique
Application
Sample Reading: Biosocial Perspectives on the Family
Epilogue
Author Index
Subject Index
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