Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives The Power of Race, Class, and Gender

ISBN-10: 0415808413
ISBN-13: 9780415808415
Edition: 2012
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Description: Family Problems shows how the current emphasis on the nuclear family—with its exclusion of the extended family—is narrow, even deleterious, and misses much of family life. This omission is tied to gender, race, and class. This book is broken  More...

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Book details

List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 86
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Family Problems shows how the current emphasis on the nuclear family—with its exclusion of the extended family—is narrow, even deleterious, and misses much of family life. This omission is tied to gender, race, and class. This book is broken down ito six chapters. Chapter one discusses how, when promoting "family values" and talking about "family as the basic unit of American society," social commentators, politicians, and social scientists alike typically ignore extended kin ties and focus only on the nuclear family. Chapters two and three show that the focus on marriage and the nuclear family is a narrow view that ignores the familial practices and experiences of many Americans—particularly those of women who do much of the work of maintaining kin ties and racial/ethnic minorities for whom extended kin are centrally important. Chapter four focuses on class and economic inequality and explores how an emphasis on the nuclear family may actually promulgate a vision of family life that dismisses the very social resources and community ties that are critical to the survival strategies of those in need. In chapter five, the authors argue that marriage actually detracts from social integration and ties to broader communities. Finally, in chapter six, the authors suggest that the focus on marriage and the nuclear family and the inattention to the extended family distort and reduce the power of social policy in the United States.

Series Foreword
Preface
The Widespread Focus on Nuclear Families
The Realities of Family Life: Extended Families and Gender
Race and Family Organization
The Power of Social Class: Structure, Culture, and Families as Strategies for Survival
Marriage and Families
Social Policies and Families
References
Glossary/Index

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