Changing American Families

ISBN-10: 0205484468

ISBN-13: 9780205484461

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Judy R. Aulette
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Description: Changing American Families, 2/e Judy R. Aulette, University of North Carolina - Charlotte Changing American Families offers two different perspectives on familiesthe macro-level view that examines social structure and historical change, and the micro-level view that focuses on the everyday, lived experiences of families. Using insights from feminist scholarship, as well as mainstream sociology and other social sciences, the author shows how the family is a political area of study, looking at the ways in which people differ, confront, negotiate, and struggle for change. The textrsquo;s unique contribution is to bridge the gap between micro and macro levels of analysisshowing how powerful social structures profoundly affect individual families, but also how families can sometimes resist, challenge, and change those same social institutions.

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Book details

List price: $92.40
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Preface
How to Study Families in the Twenty-first Century
Analyzing Social Life
The Sociological Imagination: Bridging the Gap between Individuals and Society
Micro- and Macrolevels of Analysis
Society Is a Human Invention
Families as a Political Issue
Families: Hot Issue in the United States
The Personal Is Political
Recent History of the Sociology of Family
Women's Liberation Movement
Revisioning Families
Challenging the Myth of the Monolithic Family
Appreciating Diversity
The Monolithic Family and the Denial of Historical Change
Observing That Families Are the Sites of Many Different Social Activities
Acknowledging Differences within Families by Gender and Age
Asking Whether Families Are Separate from the Rest of Society
Creating Families That Provide Both Love and Individual Freedom
Asserting the Need to Change Families So They Can Better Serve the Needs of Women, Men, and Children
The Question of Theory
A History of U.S. Families with a Focus on Euro-Americans
Studying the Social History of Families
Stages in the History of Euro-American Families
The Godly Family
Iroquois Families
The Modern Family, Stage I: The Democratic Family
The Split between Family and Work among Euro-Americans
The Cult of True Womanhood
The Ideal of Real Womanhood
Capitalist Industrialization and the Working-Class Family
The Problem of the Family Wage
Pioneer Families: Leaving Friends, Facing Hardship
The Modern Family, Stage II: The Companionate Family
The Twentieth Century and the History of Childhood
Families during the Great Depression
World War II and Families
World War II and Marriage
World War II and Divorce
Japanese American Families during the War
The Fifties
Periodicizing
The First-Wave Women's Movement
The Micro-Macro Connection
A History of U.S. Families with a Focus on African American
Diversity in American Families
Four Periods in African American History
Slavery
Family Life under Slavery
Family Organization and Black Women's Role in a Community of Slaves
Comparing White Middle-Class Women to African American Women in the Nineteenth Century
Reproduction
Sharecropping
Who Shall Control Women's and Children's Labor?
Gender Equality and Changes in Families under Sharecropping
Industrialization
African American Families in the Struggle for Equality
Latino American Family History
Split Households among Chicanos and Chinese Americans
Chicano Families
Chinese American Families
Salt of the Earth
Structuration Theory and the Importance of Agency
The Micro-Macro Connection
Families and the Economic System
The Critical Link between Families and the Economy
The Contemporary Economic Scene of the United States: The Great U-turn
Unemployment
Economic Decline and Poverty
More Workers per Family
Increased Debt and Decreased Savings
Immigration
Housing
Growing Homelessness
The Rich Get Richer
Economic Decline and U.S. Families
Homelessness
Shelters: An Inadequate Solution
Blue-Collar Layoffs
Downward Mobility in the Middle Class
Responding to Economic Crisis
Social Victims or Social Critics?
Altering the Social Context
Campaign for a Living Wage
What Is Behind the Great U-turn?
The First Revolution
The Second Revolution
Postindustrial Society: A Third Revolution?
The Micro-Macro Connection
Families and the Organization of Race, Class, and Gender
Systems of Stratification
What Is Social Class?
Race Ethnicity
Immigration
Gender
Social Class, Race Ethnicity, and Gender and Family Life
Upper-Class Families: Gatekeepers
Middle-Class Families
Geographic Mobility
The Black Middle Class
Working-Class White Families
Working-Class African American Families: The Moynihan Report and Its Historical Context
The Flats
Swapping
Bloodmothers and Other Mothers
Household and Family
Extended Network Families in Racial Ethnic Communities
Women's Domestic Authority
Immigrant Families
Mexican Americans
Vietnamese Immigrant Families
What Is a Family?
Renewed Interest in Poor Families
The Culture of Poverty
Social Structural Model
Do Families Contain the Seeds of Resistance?
The Mothers of East Los Angeles
The Micro-Macro Connection
Work and Family
Myth of Separate Spheres
The Study of Work and Family Is Distorted by the Concept of Separate Spheres
Young Women Speak of Work and Family in Their Future
Women in the Paid Labor Force
Why Have Woman Increasingly Entered the Labor Force?
How Do Women Choose to Work?
Chicanas and a Fifth Way of Choosing to Work for Wages
Why Do Men Work?
How Does Work Influence Families?
Absorption
Time and Timing
A Special Case of Timing: Working Parents and Their Children
Teenage Workers and Their Families
Retirement
Income
Exchange Theory
A Feminist Critique of Exchange Theory
Worldview
Emotional Climate
The Influence of Families on Work
Bringing the Family to Work
Managing the Contradiction
Can Families Put Pressure for Change on Employers?
Flextime
Family Leave
The Micro-Macro Connection
Housework
Housework, the Invisible Occupation
What Is It Like to Be a Housewife?
Who Does the Housework?
How Are the Tasks Divided?
Social-Class Variation
Children's Work in Families
Feeding the Family
Socialization Goals while Feeding Children
The Difference between Full-Time Housewives and Part-Time Housewives
High Tech and Housework
A Recent Addition to the Tasks of the Housewife
Why Is Housework Divided Unequally?
Socializing Housewives
Making a Rational Choice
Unequal Work and the Politics of Gender
What Can Be Done about the Inequality in the Division of Housework?
Negotiating New Ways to Divide Work
Mothers as Gatekeepers
Hiring a Maid
Solving the Problem of Housework through Policy Change
The Micro-Macro Connection
Love and Sex
What Is Love?
Historical Development of Love
Postmodern Romance
Human Sexuality
Sexual Standards
Sex and the Law
Problems in Sex Research
Ideas about Sex
Premarital Sex
Teen Romance
The Marriage Bed
Nonmonogamous Activity
HIV/AIDS
Some Theoretical Debates on Sexuality
Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, and Lesbianism
Explaining the Focus on Sex
Abortion
Debates about Abortion
The Micro-Macro Connection
Marriage
Characteristics of Marriage
Marriage Is a Legal Contract
Three Periods of Marriage and Family Law
Marriage Is an Economic Arrangement
Marriage Is a Sexual Relationship
Marriage Means Commitment
Marriage Is a Political Arena
Power in Communication
Religion, Politics, and Marriage
Statistics on Marriage
Age at First Marriage
Racial Ethnic Differences in Age at First Marriage
Marrying across Racial Ethnic Lines
Long-Term Marriage
Widowhood
Transition to Marriage
Cohabitation and Domestic Partnerships
Singles
Theoretical Debate on Marriage
Families We Choose
The Micro-Macro Connection
Divorce and Remarriage
How to Measure Divorce
Rates of Divorce
What Are the Correlates of Divorce?
Historical Changes in Divorce
Another American History of Divorce
Why Do Women Choose Divorce?
Divorce Transitions
Social Stigmatization
Economic Difficulties for Women
Divorce as an Opportunity
Remarriage
Children and Divorce
Child Custody
Child Support
Why Don't Men Pay?
Divorced Fathers
Finding Solutions: Where Were the Feminists?
The Micro-Macro Connection
Battering and Marital Rape
Prevalence of Violence in Families
Woman Battering
Murder by Intimates
Marital Rape
Measuring the Social Costs of Domestic Violence
Theories about Violence in Families
Why Does Violence Occur?
Explaining Woman Battering as a Result of Individual Characteristics
Violence-Prone Family Structure in Our Society
A Feminist Social-Structural View on Battering and Marital Rape
The Controversy over the Battered Husband Syndrome
Three Points of View, Three Strategies for Policy
The Discovery of Violence in Families
Finding Solutions
The Get-Tough-with-Abusers Campaign
The Battered Women's Movement
Violence against Women Act
The Micro-Macro Connection
Parents
Parents and Parenting
Parenting Role
Transition to Parenting
Mothering
Choosing Single Motherhood
Lesbigay Parents
Teenage Mothers
What Do Teen Mothers Have to Say about Motherhood?
Delaying Childbirth
High Technology and Mothering
What about Fathers?
Bringing Fathers into Parenting
New Fathers in Word and Deed
Single Fathers
Other Fathers
Coparenting
Childless by Choice
Grandparents
Is Biology Destiny?
What Is Wrong with the Sociobiological Model?
If Biology Is Not Destiny, Are Men and Women Identical as Parents?
Child Care
Lessons from History
The Micro-Macro Connection
Children
Postmodern American Children
Children as Learners of Adult Culture
Gender Socialization in Families
Social Interactionist Theory
Racial Socialization
Television Socializes Children
Children as Threats
The Positive Effects of Children on Parents
Children as Victims: Child Abuse
Mothers, Fathers, and Child Abuse
Incest
Radical Feminist Theory on Incest
Children as Victims: Poverty
Sisters and Brothers
Theoretical Problems in the Study of Children
How Do We Think of Children and Childhood?
How Accurate Is Our Image of Children?
Resistance against Child Abuse and Incest
PFLAG Does Real Family Values
The Micro-Macro Connection
Families, Family Policy, and the State
The Welfare State and Family Policy
Social Policy and Families: The Case of the Welfare System
Persistent Myths about Welfare Mothers
Welfare and Gender and Race
History and Trends for the Future in Welfare
Family Support Act
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
Why Is There No Explicit Family Policy in the United States?
What Is a State?
The State and Inequality
Resistance to the Welfare System
The Micro-Macro Connection
References
Index
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