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Advancing Family Theories

Advancing Family Theories - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761929055

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ISBN10: 0761929053
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Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2005
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Advancing Family Theories - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761929055

James M. White

ISBN13: 978-0761929055
ISBN10: 0761929053
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

How can the study of families be scientific? What is the difference between postmodern and positivistic approaches? What is the role of models and metaphors in constructing our theoretical knowledge? In Advancing Family Theories, author James M. White addresses such difficult questions that have been longstanding issues within the field of family studies and examines these matters from a social science perspective.

Advancing Family Theories explores two contemporary theories of the family-rational choice theory and transition theory. These diametrically different approaches illuminate what differing theories reveal about families. The book also discusses how meta-theories can assist in building and refining theory and offers insight on the "understanding versus explanation" debate. Advancing Family Theories gives students a precise notion of what a theory is and how theories work in research. The book not only looks at philosophical realms but also examines particular substantive theory to explain and predict family behaviors.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

SECTION I: Understanding Theory: Product and Process

2. Family Theory and Social Science
3. Science and its Critics
4. Theory, Models, and Metaphors
5. Function and Types of Theory

SECTION II: Advancing Substantive Family Theory

6. Rational Choice and the Family
7. Transition Theory

SECTION III: Beyond Theory: Ethics Ideology and Meta-theory

8. Theory, Research and Meta-theory
9. Theory and Human Values
10. Conclusion: Theories as Tools for Studying Families
References References References

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