Family Theories

ISBN-10: 1412937485
ISBN-13: 9781412937481
Edition: 3rd 2008
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Building upon the success of two previous bestselling editions, the "Third Edition" of "Family Theories" continues to be the ideal resource for readers wishing to develop an understanding of sophisticated ideas about families and marriages. Authors James White and David Klein have updated and revised each chapter based on readers??? suggestions and on developments in the area of family sociology and family studies. An incisive, thorough introduction to current and traditional theories of the family, this text balances the diversity and richness of a broad scope of scholarly work. New to the "Third Edition""Starts with a reorganized introductory chapter": The opening chapter has been restructured for increased clarity and to offer a better guide to utilizing theory to guide research and practice."Introduces a new chapter": " "Previous editions included seven major theoretical frameworks to explain variation in family life. The "Third Edition" welcomes the addition of an eighth framework on functionalist theory."Includes material on postmodernism": By placing information on postmodernism" "within the chapter on the feminist framework, the authors allow readers to see more clearly how these two intellectual movements relate to the study of families."Offers updates throughout": Significant additions to the ???Variations??? section of all chapters have been made to capture new theoretical developments."Restores several meta-theories": Deleted from the last chapter in the previous edition, several meta-theories, dealing with the type of causation, treatment of time, and the level of analysis, have been added back in this new edition. Intended Audience This text is designed foradvanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Family Theories, Family Systems & Theory, and Sociology of the Family in departments of family studies, sociology, and human development

James M. White, University of British Colombia, School of Family, Vancouver, Canada.

Preface to Third Edition
What Is a Theory?
Philosophies of Science
Architecture of a Scientific Theory
Defining Theory
Functions of a Theory
Theories About Families
A Brief History of Theory in Family Theory
Conceptual Frameworks: 1950-1966
Formal Theory Construction: 1967-1979
Pluralism: 1980-1999
Post-Postmodern Theory: 2000-Present
Evaluation of a Theory
Frameworks
Suggested Readings
The Functionalist Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Social Exchange and Rational Choice Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Symbolic Interaction Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Family Life Course Development Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Systems Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Conflict Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Feminist Framework and Poststructuralism
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The Ecological Framework
Intellectual Traditions
Focus and Scope Assumptions
Concepts
Propositions
Variations
Empirical Applications
Implications for Intervention
Critiques and Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
The State of Family Theory and Its Future
State of Family Theory
Theory Construction
Metatheory and Theory Development
The Future of Family Theory
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
References
Index
About the Authors

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