Summary: This solid revision of the best-selling Family Theories remains the only single-volume textbook to present family theory in a clear, approachable manner appropriate for both advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. James White and David Klein draw upon seven major theoretical frameworks developed by key social scientists to explain variation in family life, including the exchange, symbolic-interaction, family life course development, systems, conflict, ...show more feminist, and ecological theoretical frameworks. Brief fictional accounts or vignettes introduce each theoretical framework, concretely illustrating for students how the theory relates to very real aspects of family life. In addition, all chapters follow a uniform format that allows students to more easily compare and contrast theories. Each chapter also includes a typology for analyzing and comparing the seven frameworks while providing direction for future theory development.
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