Shifting the Center Understanding Contemporary Families

ISBN-10: 0072825855

ISBN-13: 9780072825855

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

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This anthology contains the most recent innovative work by academics which highlights the concepts, theories and research methodologies currently used to study families. The book examines how family structures change over time and across cultures.
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List price: $78.44
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 792
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for almost 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is used in introductory classes around the country. Ferguson also teaches courses on the family, medical sociology, the Sociology of the Body, and a new seminar on social inequality and identity. Ferguson has published in all of these areas, including the research collection, Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic (with co-editor Anne Kasper, Palgrave, 2000), and Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families (McGraw-Hill, 2011). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for Contemporary Family Perspectives, which is a series of research monographs and short texts on the family (Sage Publications).Ferguson, who grew up in a working class family in Colorado, still considers the Rocky Mountains to be her spiritual home. A first-generation college student, Ferguson was able to attend college with the help of scholarships, work study, and financial loans. She majored in Political Science and Spanish and also completed certificates of study in Womenrsquo;s Studies and Latin American Studies. After working a couple of years for a large research grant sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, Ferguson entered graduate school and completed her masterrsquo;s degree in sociology at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of study are gender, family, womenrsquo;s health, and pedagogy, but her primary enthusiasm is for teaching.

Introduction To The Study Of Families
The Family in Question: What is the Family?
Is It Universal?
Gittins examines how the family has been defined in both the anthropological and sociological literature
Feminist Rethinking from Racial-Ethnic
Families -Baca Zinn argues that the family is socially constructed and influenced by race-ethnicity, social class, and gender
Exiles from Kinship
Weston challenges traditional definitions of family by examining the meaning of families among gays and lesbians
Marriage and Family in a Multiracial Society
Lichter and Qian provide an overview of current issues and data related to families in the United States
Historical Changes And Family Variations
Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity
Coontz provides an historical overview of family diversity in Europe and in the United States
Black Families: Beyond Revisionist Scholarship
Hill examines how family scholarship has conceptualized and problematized African American families in the United States
La Familia: Family Cohesion Among
Mexican American
Families in the Urban Southwest, 1848-1900
Griswold del Castillo uses census data to examine historical patterns of family solidarity and kinship networks in Mexican American households
Split Household, Small Producer, and Dual Wage Earner: An Analysis of Chinese
American Family Strategies
examines the cultural and institutional constraints that have influenced how Chinese Americans have structured their families over time
Courtship, Dating, And Power
Choosing Mates-The American Way -Whyte examines the history of courtship and dating in the United States
‘She's 16 Years Old and There's Boys Calling Over to the House': An Exploratory Study of Sexual Socialization in Latino Families -Raffaelli and Ontai explore family socialization of adolescent romantic and sexual behavior among Latinas
Dating and Romantic Relationships Among Gay,Lesbian, and Bisexual Youths -Savin-Williams examines the dating behavior among lesbian, bisexual, and gay adolescents
Marriage, Cohabitation, And Partnership
The Deinstitutionalization of Marriage -Cherlin examines the weakening of social norms in the institution of marriage
Clashing Dreams: Highly Educated Overseas Brides and Low-Wage U.S. Husbands -Cam Thai interviews Vietnamese American men, who have marriages arranged for them in Vietnam, and the Vietnamese women they are betrothed to. 14. Pepper Schwartz, Peer Marriage -Schwartz reports on her research of gender and power dynamics in modern marriages
Families Formed Outside of Marriage -Seltzer reviews recent research on cohabitation
From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage, and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships -Stiers interviews 90 lesbian and gay couples to discover what are the meanings of commitment ceremonies and marriages
Parents And Children
Historical Perspectives on Parent-Child Interactions -Vinovskis summarizes the major changes in parent-child relationships during the past 400 years
Single-Parent Families -Sugarman provides an overview of the diversity of and policies about single parent families
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