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Family Policy and the American Safety Net

ISBN-10: 1412998948
ISBN-13: 9781412998949
Edition: 2013
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Description: This volume begins with an historical look at the development of family policy in America. It examines the legal and sociological definitions of family, and examines the evolving changes of division of labor within families and changes in economic  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This volume begins with an historical look at the development of family policy in America. It examines the legal and sociological definitions of family, and examines the evolving changes of division of labor within families and changes in economic issues. Childcare, adoption and care of elders are examined from a contemporary perspective. Family culture and identity is discussed within the relevance of topic issues like immigration. The book concludes with the politics of family policy and the current state of the political situation.Janet Giele is Professor Emerita at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She was the founding director of the Family and Children's Policy Center from 1990 to 1996. The Center was the forerunner of the Institute on Children, Youth, and Families at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University. She was Acting Dean of the Heller School in 1993-94. Professor GieleÆs research and writing has focused on three interlocking interests - women's changing roles, aging and life course, and family policy.

Series Preface: Contemporary Family Perspectives
Introduction
A Transitional Generation
Policies for Women's Equality and Family Weil-Being
Introducing a Theory of Family Policy
Organization of the Book
Acknowledgments
The Emergence of Family Policy in America
Help for Persons and Families at Risk
Poor People
Women and Children
The Aged and Infirm
Care for the Sick
Public Support of Basic Family Functions
Modernization of Family Functions and the Need for Social Policy
Changes in Family Structure
Social Policies to Support Family Life
Reproduction, Nurturance, and Caregiving
Income Provision
Housing and Residence
Transmission of Ethnic Heritage, Identity, and Citizenship
Public Acceptance of Family Policy
The Exceptional Nature of American Social Policy
Social Movements and Reform Proposals
Changes in Lifestyle and Popular Opinion
The Politics of Finding Common Ground
Developing a Sociology of Family Policy
Defining the Family
The Debate over Family Values
The Conservative Focus on Family Values
The Liberal Position: Family Structure as Adaptation
The Cultural Perspective and Feminist Views
The Changing Demographics of Family Life
Changes in Family Size and Reproductive Behavior
Marriage, Sexual Behavior, and Divorce
Family Composition
Effects of Family Structure
Family-Related Determinants of Well-being
Poverty and Inequality
School Achievement, Emotional Well-being, and Successful Adulthood
Diversity of Outcomes
Policies to Govern Family Formation and Dissolution
Sexual Mores, Courting, and Mating
Marriage and Cohabitation
Old and New Issues in Procreation
Marital Dissolution and Divorce
Conclusion
The Gender Factor
Changing the Division of Work and Family Labor
From Rural to Urban
Postwar Demand for Women Workers
Supply Factors in Married Women's Employment
What about Feminism?
The Second Wave of Feminism
Current Influence of Feminism
The New Complexity of Women's Lives
Women's Two Roles
The Three-Phase Model of Women's Employment
The New Ideal for Women: Multiple Roles
A Variety of Options
Change in Men's Roles
Educations Employment, and Marital Status
Time Use
Masculinity and the Life Course
Emergence of the Worker-Carer Ideal
Change by Age Cohort
Social Class, Race, and the Two-Earner Family
Policy Implications of the Emerging Earner-Carer Ideal
Conclusion
The Reinvention of Caregiving
Trends in Elder Care
Growth of the Elder Population
Retirement Security
Social Services and Long-Term Care
Services to Children and Youth
Child Support and Mothers' Pensions
Childcare and Preschool Education
Child Welfare and Child Protection
Family-Related Health and Disability Services
Family Health Care
Mental Health Services
Provision for Disabilities and Coping with Risk Factors
The Caregiver Workforce
Informal Caregiving
Women and Minorities as Paid Caregivers
Bureaucratic Efficiency versus Personalized Care
Community Care Built on Relationships
Conclusion
Family Income and Economic Security
The American Income Distribution and Family Needs
Variation in Household Income
Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality
The National Interest in Family Income
Aid to the Poor
Transformation of Old Age and Disability Assistance to SSI
Aid to Dependent Children
In-Kind Subsidies
Impact of Poverty Relief on Poverty Levels
Work-Based Social Insurance and Benefits
Workers' Compensation
Old Age Security and Disability Insurance (Title II)
Unemployment Insurance
Employer-Sponsored Pensions (ERISA)
Adequacy of Income in Retirement
Making Work Pay
Labor Relations, Collective Bargaining, and Wage Improvement
Employee Development and Training
New Strategies: One-Stops, Community Colleges, and Workplace Supports
Income Packaging
Policies for a Family-Friendly Workplace
Equal Opportunity Legislation
Employee Benefit Plans
Culture Change in Work-and-Family Gender Roles
Conclusion
Housing, Neighborhoods, and Life Chances
A Current Profile of Housing in America
From Rural to Urban
Home Ownership versus Renting
Improvements in Housing Quality
The Mortgage Crisis of 2007-2010
Evolution of Federal Housing Policy
Overview: Homeownership versus Housing Assistance
Housing through the Depression and World War II
The Postwar Housing Boom, 1949 to 1973
Community Development Programs, 1974 to 2000
Lessons on Public Housing and Homeownership since 2000
Residence, Community, and Social Capital
Housing and Social Class
Suburbanization and the Organization Man
Social Networks and Social Capital
Neighborhoods, Networks, and Life Chances
Impact of Cultural Differences
Influence of Neighborhood Networks
Developmental Consequences of Exposure to Toxic Stress
Neighborhood Initiatives to Strengthen Families and Children
Conclusion
Family Heritage, Identity, and Citizenship
The Family's Influence in Identity Formation
Two Contrasting Vignettes
Identity Formation in the Face of Stigma
Supportive Networks and Institutions
Family Resources and Parental Authority
Family Socialization Practices
A Descriptive Portrait of American Diversity
The Changing Landscape of Religion in America
Profile of the New Immigrants: Nationality and Race
Changes in Immigration Policy
Major Turning Points in Recent Immigration Law
Understanding the Dynamics of Immigration Flows
Alternative Scenarios for the Future
From Exclusion to Inclusion
Systems Theory and Immigration Policy
Conclusion
Family, Government, and the Safety Net
Family Policy in the Modern American Welfare State
The Challenge of Modernization
Programs and Policies of Welfare-State Regimes
Institutional Innovations: Bureaucracy and Management
Freedom, Equality, and Social Justice as Touchstone Values
The Nature and Purpose of Family Policy in America
Awakening to Family Policy in America
Defining the Goals of American Family Policy
The Role of Social Movements and Interest Groups
Diversity of Family Forms, Consensus on Family Functions
Creation and Implementation of Family Policy in America
Scientific Studies of Families and Children over Time
Agencies and Workers: The Implementers of Family Policy
Policy Makers: Interest Groups and Lawmakers
Family Values and Family Policy
The Future of American Family Policy
Values: Economic Growth and the Pursuit of Happiness
Institutions: Government Initiatives and Regulatory Reform
Families and Communities as Enablers of Human Potential
Conclusion
References
List of Tables
Index
About the Author

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