Race and Family A Structural Approach

ISBN-10: 0761988645

ISBN-13: 9780761988649

Edition: 2006

Authors: Roberta L. Coles

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"The author provided interesting, original examples which I found engaging. . . . I think the biggest strength is avoiding the 'one ethnicity per chapter' approach found in so many books on family diversity. I like the structural approach." - Hilary A. Rose, Concordia University "A very useful book as a companion text for courses on race and ethnicity.The chapters are easy to follow for undergraduate students." - Renxin Yang, Northern Michigan University "I think the book is needed because there are limited choices currently available and this book is moving in the right direction.A strength is that it is not an edited book like so many other books on this topic. There is a need for detailed study of ethnic minority families, and I am excited about making this book my required text for my Ethnic Families Course." - Cheryl Burgan Evans, Miami University "I find the emphasis on social structure particularly appealing. To date, I have used Taylor's [edited] book, which depends on the instructor to provide all of the integration." - Gretchen Cornwell, Pennsylvania State University In Race and Family: A Structural Approach, author Roberta L. Coles looks at ethnic minority families in a novel way -- through a structural lens.Unlike many texts on race and family, this book offers an approach that illustrates overarching structural factors affecting all families as opposed to examining each ethnicity in isolation from one another. By focusing on various structural factors such as demographic, economic, and historical aspects, this book analyzes various family trends in a cross-cutting manner to exemplify the similarities and distinctions among all racial and ethnic groups. Key Features: Establishes commonalities and differences across various cultures within American society in an approach that enables students to better compare and contrast different ethnic groups Covers multiracial families, in addition to traditional ethnic groups such as African American, Native American, Latino American, and Asian American to provide students with the most contemporary examination of American families Uses the latest research and Census data to present a relevant assessment of trends in family structure, gender relations, intergenerational relations, family violence, acculturation, interracial marriage, and adoption in an increasingly diverse American context Includes an annotated listing of suggested videos, autobiographies, articles, and Web sites students can explore for further information Race and Family is a brief, core textbook designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying ethnic minority families and family diversity in the departments of Human Development & Family Studies, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Sociology.
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List price: $116.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232

Roberta L. Coles received her PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She first taught a course on race and family while a PhD candidate and has continued teaching a similar course at Marquette University, where she is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences. She teaches courses on family, race and family, race and ethnic relations, gender, social inequality, and urban neighborhoods and serves as an adviser to sociology and family studies majors. Her family-related research has focused on African American single fathers and on Turkish elderly. Her work in these areas has been published in the Journal of Aging Studies, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Families in Society, Journal of African American Men, and the Western Journal of Black Studies.

Preface
Introduction
Overview of text
Discussion of key concepts
Approaching the Study of Race and Family
Economic Factors
Demographic Factors
Historical-legal factors
A Brief History of the American Family
American Families through the Centuries
Cross-cultural Comparisons
Social or Legal Marriage
Marriage types and choices
Marriage as a family affair
Family power systems
Family Functions
Family Structures
Extended Family Households
Nuclear family households
Single-parent families
Nonfamily households
Gender Relations and Sex Ratios
Gender stereotypes and roles
Sex ratios
African American gender issues
Latina/o gender issues
Asian American gender issues
Native American gender issues
Domestic Violence
Intergenerational Relations: Parent and Child
Individual and communal orientations
Effects of socioeconomic status on children's well-being
Racial socialization
Cultural rituals that contribute to racial socialization
Intergenerational Relations in Late Life: The Elderly, Their Adult Children and Grandchildren
Intergenerational interaction
Illness and death
African American Families
How did slavery shape Black American families?
African American families after slavery
African American families today
Native American Families
Looking back in history
The state of American Indians and their families today
Latino American Families
Manner and timing of entry
Similarities among Hispanic families
Divergent trends among Latino ethnic groups
Asian American Families
East Asians in America
Southeast Asians in America
Asian American families today
Acculturation and Multiracial Family Issues
Acculturation
Multiracial issues
Bi- or multi-racial identity
Transracial adoption
References
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