Families as They Really Are

ISBN-10: 0393932788

ISBN-13: 9780393932782

Edition: 2010

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Barbara J. Risman is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, as well as the Founding Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at North Carolina State University. Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition and over two dozen journal articles. She is also the president of the board of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention. In 2005, Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2013, she was elected vice president of the American Sociological Association. She is currently testing theories about whether hormonal exposure in utero influences gendered selves in adulthood. Risman strongly believes that sociologists have a responsibility both to do good research and to teach about it in the classroom and to the public at large.

Introduction: Springing Forward from the Past
Springing Forward from the Past
One Thousand and Forty-Nine Reasons Why It's Hard to Know When a Fact is a Fact
When Is a Relationship between Facts a Causal One?
Uncovering Hidden Facts That Matter in Interpreting Individuals' Behaviors: An Ethnographic Lens
In the News: Not Much Sense in Those Census Stories
How We Got Here
The Evolution of American Families
American Childhood as a Social and Cultural Construct
In the News: A "Golden Age" of Childhood? (Christian Science Monitor)
In the News: How We Took the Child Out of Childhood (New York Times)
African Americans and the Birth of the Modern Marriage
Families "In Law" and Families "In Practice": Does the Law Recognize Families as They Really Are?
Briefing Paper: Will Providing Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage? Evidence from Scandinavia
In the News: Experts Question European Studies Cited in FMA Debate
Interracial Families in Post-Civil Rights America
Briefing Paper: The Steady Rise of Nontraditional Romantic Unions: The Case of Interracial and Intercultural Marriage
In the News: Interracial Marriage: A Cultural Taboo Fades
Making Families and Intimate Relationships in the 21st Century
Why Is Everyone Afraid of Sex?
Manning New Couples, New Families: The Cohabitation Revolution in the United States
Parenting Adult Children in the 21st Century
Briefing Paper: Marriage Reduces Social Ties
In the News: The Greedy Marriage: Two Scholars Argue That Good Spouses Can Make Bad Neighbors
The Case for Divorce
In the News: How to Stay Married (Times of London)
Briefing Paper: The Impact of Divorce on Children's Behavior Problems
In the News: Divorce May Not Cause Kids' Bad Behavior
In the News: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Divorce
Briefing Paper: How Do They Do That? Estimating the Proportion of Marriages That End in Divorce
Briefing Paper: Marriage, Poverty, and Public Policy
In the News: A Poor Excuse for Marriage
From Outlaws to In-Laws: Gay and Lesbian Couples in Contemporary Society
Independent Women: Equality in African American Lesbian Relationships
Fact Sheet: Myths and Realities about Same-Sex Families
Etiony Aldarondo and Edward Ameen, The Immigration Kaleidoscope: Knowing the Immigrant Family Next Door
In the News: The Picture-Perfect American Family? These Days, It Doesn't Exist
Unequal Beginnings: Social Class and America's Children
Beyond Family Structure: Family Process Studies Help to Reframe Debates about What's Good for Children
Opinion Piece: A Mother's Day Gift That Makes a Real Difference
Fact Sheet: Military Childcare: A Government Success Story
Diverging Development: The Not-So-Invisible Hand of Social Class in the United States
Briefing Paper: Unequal Childhoods: Inequalities in the Rhythms of Daily Life
In the News: Both Sides of Inequality (New York Times)
Not Just Provide and Reside: Engaged Fathers in Low-Income Families
Briefing Paper: Unmarried Couples with Children: Why Don't They Marry? How Can Policy-Makers Promote More Stable Relationships?
In the News: Marital Mythology: Why the New Crisis in Marriage Isn't
In the News: Book Examines Trend of Unmarried Parents (National Public Radio)
In the News: It Takes a Wedding (New York Times)
Melina Dimitriou, and Lisa Dressner, Rituals as Tools of Resistance-From Survival to Liberation
The Unfinished Gender Revolution
Betwixt and Be Tween: Gender Contradictions among Middle Schoolers
Orgasm in College Hookups and Relationships
Falling Back on Plan B: The Children of the Gender Revolution Face Uncharted Territory
Changing Men's Contribution to Family Work
Briefing Paper: Men's Changing Contribution to Housework and Child Care
In the News: Chores for Two? Men Are Pitching in with Domestic Duties More Than Ever Before (Christian Science Monitor)
Briefing Paper: A "Stalled" Revolution or a Still Unfolding One?
In the News: Signs of D�tente in the Battle Between Venus and Mars (New York Times)
Briefing Paper: Moms and Jobs: Trends in Mothers' Employment and Which Mothers Stay Home
In the News: Working Moms More the Norm Than Exception (Palo Alto Online)
Briefing Paper: Women's Money Matters: Earnings and Housework in Dual-Earner Families
In the News: Wealthier Women Do Less Housework
Briefing Paper: "Traditional" Marriages Now Less Stable Than Ones Where Couples Share Work and Household Chores
In the News: Matrimonial Bliss Lies in the Mop Bucket and Broom (Seattle P-I)
Domestic Violence in Heterosexual Relationships
Conclusion
Families: A Great American Institution
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