Diversity in Families

ISBN-10: 0205693075

ISBN-13: 9780205693078

Edition: 9th 2011

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This award-winning text treats family diversity as the norm, while highlighting how race, class, gender, and sexuality produce varieties of familial relationships. Diversity in Families looks at families not as building blocks of societies but rather, as products of social forces within society. The authors undertake a critical examination of society, asking questions such as, How do families really work? and Who benefits under the existing arrangements, and who does not? Their goal is to demystify and demythologize the family by exposing existing myths, stereotypes, and dogmas.
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List price: $103.99
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 2/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.926

In This Section
Brief Table of Contents
Images, Ideals, and Myths
Preindustrial Families and the Emergence of a Modern Family Form
The Historical Making of Family Diversity
Macro Forces Affecting Families: the Economy, Immigration, and Aging
Class, Race, and Gender
Meshing the Worlds of Work and Family
The Social Construction of Intimacy
Contemporary Marriages
Parents and Children
Violence in Families
Divorce and Remarriage
Emergent Families in the Global Era
Family Policy for the Twenty-First Century
Comprehensive Table of Contents
Images, Ideals, and Myths
Images and Ideals
Family as Haven
Family as Fulfillment
Family as Encumbrance
Images and Reality
The Mythical U.S. Family
The Myth of a Stable and Harmonious Family of the Past
The Myth of Separate Worlds
The Myth of the Monolithic Family Form
The Myth of a Unified Family Experience
The Myth of Family Consensus
The Myth of Family Decline as the Cause of Social Problems
A New Framework for Understanding Families
The Sociological Perspective
The Paradigm Shift in Family Studies
The Structural Diversity Approach
Preindustrial Families and the Emergence of a Modern Family Form
Family and the New Social History
What Is "New" about Family History?
Overview of Family History Themes
Family Life in Colonial America
Agricultural Communities and Families
Family Structure and Household Composition
Wives and Husbands
The Emergence of Modern Family Life
Industrialization and Families
Agency, Adaptation, and Change
Household Size and Composition
Wives and Husbands
Challenging a Uniform Definition of the Family
The Historical Making of Family Diversity
Industrialization and Family Life
New Work Arrangements
Work and Family in Industrial Society
Accordion Households
Immigration and Family Life
The Social Breakdown Perspective
Industrial Work and Immigrant Families
Racial Control and Family Life
New Thinking about Minority Families
Race, Labor, and Family Life
African American Families in Slavery and Freedom
Chicano Families in the Southwest
The Great Depression and Family Change
Macro Forces Affecting Families: the Economy, Immigration, and Aging
Globalization and the Structural Transformation of the Economy, the Great Recession, and Families
Structural Changes in the United States Because of Globalization
The Great Recession (2007-?)
Downward Social Mobility
Shifting Family Forms
The New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape
Demographic Trends and Increasing Diversity
Structural Diversity of Immigrant Families
The Effects of Immigration on Immigrant Families
Immigration and Agency
The Effects of Immigration on Family Dynamics
The New Second Generation
The Aging of Society
The Demographics of an Aging Society
The Consequences of an Aging Society on Families and the Elderly
Role Transitions
Responses by the Elderly: Human Agency
The Three Structural Transformations of Society
Class, Race, and Gender
Class, Race, and Gender as Structural Inequalities
The Cultural Approach
The Structural Approach
Racial-Ethnic Families
Structural Inequalities and Racial-Ethnic Families
African American Families in the New Century
Latino Families in the New Century
More Racial Ethnic Diversity in Families: Asians, Native Americans, and Middle Easterners
Human Agency and Family Formation
The Traditional gender Roles Approach
Shortcomings of the Gender Roles Approach
The Family as a Gendered Institution
Meshing the Worlds of Work and Family
The Changing Work Patterns of Women, Men, and Teens
Women's Employment
Men's Employment
Teens' Employment
Integrating Work and Family
Diverse Work-Family Contexts
Gender Inequality
Work Characteristics
Family Characteristics
Invisible and Unpaid Family Work
Gendered Labor in the Household
Other Forms of Family Work
Coping with Work and Family
Family Coping Strategies
Family-Supportive Government and Employer Responses
The Social Construction of Intimacy
Intimacy in Social Context
Heterosexual Courtship and Mate Selection
Variations in "Dating" Practices
Factors in Mate Selection
Structural Influences on Mate Selection
Changing Sexual Behavior
Society and Sexuality
Enlarging the Sexuality Frame
The Sexual Revolution
Scientific Research on Sexuality
Teen Sexuality
Teenage Childbearing
Differentiated Forms of Intimacy
Gendered Love and Sex
Same-Sex Orientation and Intimacy
Social Class and Intimacy
Race and Intimacy
Claiming Control of Intimacy
Contemporary Marriages
Marriage: Private and Public Spheres
The Private Nature of Marriage
Macro Influences on Marriage
Recent Trends
Unmarried Adults
Age at First Marriage
Family Size
Interracial or Interethnic Marriages
Racial or Ethnic Mixed Marriages
Life Span and Marriage
Are There Benefits to Marriage?
The Benefits of Marriage
The Benefits of Marriage Reconsidered
Micro Aspects of Marriage
Marital Success
Communication in Marriage
The Sexual Relationship in Marriage
Power and Decision Making in Marriage
Reconstructing Gender Roles: Building an Egalitarian Marriage
The Future of Marriage: Changing or Dying?
Parents and Children
The Social Construction of Parenting
The Social Construction of Childhood
Demographic Patterns
Voluntary Childlessness
Infertility and New Technologies
Delayed Childbearing
Family Composition
The Impact of Children on Marriage
The Transition to Parenthood
The Benefits of Parenthood
The Costs of Parenthood
Gendered Parenting
The Impact of Parents on Children and of Children on Parents
The Structure of the Family Embedded in a Larger Network of Influences
Parental Time with Children
Family Structure
Extrafamilial Factors
Parents and Children in Dual-Earner Families
Maternal Employment and Time with Children
Social Supports for Working Parents
Single Parents and Their Children
Reprise: the Duality of Parenting
Violence in Families
Families in a Violent Society
U.S. Violence Rates in Comparative Perspective
Institutionally Sanctioned Violence
Violence in the Media
Customs and Beliefs
Violence and the Social Organization of the Family
Intimate Partner Violence
Violence Against Women
Contexts for Intimate Partner Violence
Types of Partner Violence
Does She Leave or Stay?
Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships
Child Abuse and Neglect
What Is Child Abuse?
Incidence of Child Abuse
Contexts for Child Abuse
Consequences of Child Abuse
Incidence of Incest
Explanations for Incest
Consequences of Incest
Sibling Abuse
Battered Elders
What Is Elder Abuse?
Incidence of Elder Abuse
Contexts for Elder Abuse
Macro and Micro Linkages
The Women's Movement
The Battered Women's Shelter Movement
Assessing Progress
Divorce and Remarriage
Divorce Rates
Trends in Divorce
Factors Correlated with Divorce
Predicting the Divorce Rate: Up or Down?
The Prediction of a Declining or Leveling of the Divorce Rate
The Prediction of a Rising Divorce Rate
The Consequences of Divorce for Spouses and Children
"His" Divorce
"Her" Divorce
Adjustment after Divorce for Ex-Spouses
Children and Divorce
Remarriage after Divorce
Statistical Facts about Remarriage
The Uniqueness of Remarriage
The Outcomes for Stepchildren
The Special Case of Remarriage among the Elderly
The Politics of Divorce
Is Marriage a Failed Institution?
Emergent Families in the Global Era
The Rise in New Family Arrangements
Families in Transition
The Global Revolution in Family Life
How to Think about Family Diversification
Single Life
The Singles Population
Gender, Race, and Class
Experiencing Single Life
Heterosexual Cohabitation
The Rise of Cohabitation
Who Are Cohabitors?
Gender, Class, and Race
Is Cohabitation a Prelude to Marriage or a Substitute for Marriage?
Same-Sex Partners and Families
Who Is Gay and What Are Gay Families?
Gay Couples and Families
A Shifting Social Context for Same-Sex Partners
The Domestic Partner Movement
Families Separated by Time and Space
Transnational Families
Commuter Marriages and Other Long-Distance Relationships
Family Policy for the Twenty-First Century
The Ideological Fault Lines
The Conservatives
The Progressives
The Government's Limits on the Definition of Marriage
The Government and Reproductive Rights
The Shrinking Welfare State
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA of 1996)
Is Welfare Reform Working? An Assessment after Ten Years
The Conservative Solution: Marriage
The Progressive Solution: A Stronger Safety Net
Working Parents
Parental Leave
Child Care
Work-Related Policies and Gender Inequality
Meeting the Needs of Disadvantaged Children
Poor Children at Risk
The Societal Response to Disadvantaged Children
Funding Programs to Help Disadvantaged Children
Principles to Guide Family Policy: An Immodest Proposal
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