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Marriages and Families : Making Choices in a Diverse Society

Marriages and Families : Making Choices in a Diverse Society - 7th edition

Marriages and Families : Making Choices in a Diverse Society - 7th edition

ISBN13: 9780534525071

ISBN10: 0534525075

Marriages and Families : Making Choices in a Diverse Society by Mary Ann Lamanna and Agnes Riedmann - ISBN 9780534525071
Edition: 7TH 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2000
International: No
Marriages and Families : Making Choices in a Diverse Society by Mary Ann Lamanna and Agnes Riedmann - ISBN 9780534525071

ISBN13: 9780534525071

ISBN10: 0534525075

Edition: 7TH 00


This #1 BEST SELLER for Marriage and Family is the market leader due to its interdisciplinary research, perspectives and application (including Sociology), its focus on decision making and lifespan context, and its thorough, nonbiased coverage of American family issues. Lamanna and Riedmann, scholars, writers and teachers, provide an unmatched up-to-date research base and unparalled coverage of diversity in families, including gender, and cross-cultural comparisons.

  • Unmatched strength in Diversity. Racial and ethnic diversity is emphasized throughout the text, as well as diversity in the make-up of the family of today. For example, a box focuses on a Closer Look at Family Diversity.
  • New "Focusing on Children" sections provide up-to-the-minute research and coverage of what is happening to our children in America today. Sections appear in Chapters: 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 14.
  • New section on family "decline" versus family change in Chapter 1. More discussion on individualism versus famialism in Chapter 1 and throughout the various chapters.
  • Chapter 2: Discussion of feminist theory expanded and updated.
  • Chapter 4: New section on emotional interdependence and attachment theory; expansion of Lee's 6 love styles with empirical measurements; update of discussion of martyring; elaboration of discussion on self-esteem; overall updates from social psychological literature.
  • Chapter 8: New section on covenant marriage, new section on cyberadultery; new section on defense of marriage act, new section on couple relationship types.
  • Chapter 9: New material on Gottman's work on couple communications, on the mind--new section on communication and couple satisfaction, active listening.
  • Chapter 12: New sections on biracial children, spanking, the resilient child, religious minority parents and their children, and on grandparents as parents. More attention to "responsible fatherhood."
  • Chapter13: New expanded section on the sandwich generation; new section on home-based work; new section on work, family, and the single parent; Do Americans feel that they have enough time?
  • Chapter 14: Updated material on divorce, divorce and children, is divorce necessarily bad for children, what can be done to address the negative consequences of divorce on children.
  • Book ends with Managing Family Stress and Crises.
  • The authors' Choices theme promotes informed choices based on knowledge rather than simply personal experience. As We Make Choices boxes appear throughout to reinforce the theme.
  • At Virtual Society: The Wadsworth Sociology Resource Center (, you can find surfing lessons (tips to find information on the Web), a career center, links to great sociology Web sites, and many other selections.
  • Lamanna and Riedmann's text-specific Web site, accessed through Virtual Society, includes such features as hypercontents; interactive chapter quizzes; a Student Guide to InfoTrac; instructor's resources; chapter-by-chapter links to pertinent Web sites; and much more.
  • The latest news and research articles online-updated daily and spanning four years! Choose to package InfoTrac College Edition (ICE) with this text and you and your students will have 4-month's free access to an easy-to-use online database of reliable, full-length articles (not abstracts) from hundreds of top academic journals and popular sources. Ideal for launching lectures, igniting discussions, and opening whole new worlds of information and research for students.
  • The coverage of gender and the sensitivity to gender issues throughout the text is unparalled.
  • The authors' use the research of the field and the choices theme to ensure a nonbiased presentation.
  • Solid and up-to-the-minute research base. The authors pride themselves on knowing the research of the field, reviewing current research in all relevant disciplines, and making last minute updates right up to publication.
  • Case Study boxes showcase actual interviews with individuals about their experiences with marriages and families.
  • A focus on decision making throughout the lifespan.
  • The authors show how relationships change over time, and how decisions and choices change in relationship to where an individual is in their lifecourse.
  • Great cross-cultural comparisons throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Family Commitments : Making Choices in a Changing Society

Defining Family.
The Freedom and Pressures of Choosing.
Social Influences and Personal Choices.
Making Choices.
A Family of Individuals.
Marriages and Families : Four Themes.

Chapter 2. Exploring the Family.

Theoretical Perspectives on the Family.
Studying Families.

Chapter 3. Our Gendered Identities.

Gendered Identities.
Is Anatomy Destiny?
Gender and Socialization.
Gender in Adult Lives.


Chapter 4. Loving Ourselves and Others.

Personal Ties in an Impersonal Society.
What is Love? Two Things Love Isn't.
Self-Esteem as a Prerequisite to Loving.
Love as a Discovery.

Chapter 5. Our Sexual Selves

Sexual Development and Orientation.
Theoretical Perspectives on Human Sexuality.
Negotiating (Hetero)sexual Expression.
Sexuality throughout Marriage.
Sex as a Pleasure Bond.
Sexual Expression and HIV/AIDS.
Platform and Pulpit.
Sexual Responsibility.

Chapter 6. Being Single : Alone and with Others

Changing Attitudes Toward Marriage and Singlehood.
The Variety of Singles.
Income and Residential Patterns of Singles.
Domestic Arrangements of Singles.
Aloneness, Loneliness, and Life Satisfaction.


Chapter 7. Choosing Each Other

Love and Marriage?
Courtship in a Free-Choice Society.
The Marriage Market.
Homogamy : Narrowing the Pool of Eligibles.
Marriage : When and Why.

Chapter 8. Marriage : A Unique Relationship

Marriage and Kinship.
Five Marriage Relationships.
The Marriage Premise.
Should Same-Sex Couples Marry?
A Matter of Choices throughout Life.
Static versus Flexible Marriages.
Contracting for Flexibility : A Contradiction?

Chapter 9. Communication and Conflict Resolution in Marriages and Families

Families as Powerful Environments.
Conflict and Love.
Communication and Couple Satisfaction.
Supportive Couple Communication and Conflict Management.
Bonding Fights : Some Guidelines.
Changing Fighting Habits.
The Myth of Conflict-Free Conflict.
Family Cohesion.

Chapter 10. Power and Violence in Marriages and Families

What Is Power?
Conjugal Power and Resources.
Diversity, and Conjugal Power.
Some American Couples.
Power Politics versus No-Power Relationships.
Family Violence.


Chapter 11. To Parent or not to Parent

Fertility Trends in the United States.
The Decision to Parent or Not to Parent.
Three Emerging Options.
Preventing Pregnancy : History and Issues.
Pregnancy outside Marriage.
Abortion. Involuntary Infertility.

Chapter 12. Parents and Children Over the Life Course

Parents in Modern America.
Mothers and Fathers : Images and Reality.
The Family in an Unpredictable Economy.
Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Parenting.
Gay Male and Lesbian Parents.
Stages of Parenting.
The Parenting Process.
When Parents and Child Grow Older.
Toward Better Parent-Child Relationships.

Chapter 13. Work and Family

The Labor Force : A Social Invention.
The Traditional Model : Provider Husbands and Homemaking Wives.
Women in the Labor Force.
Two-Earner Marriages : Newer Provider-Caregiving Options.
Unpaid Family Work.
Juggling Employment and Unpaid Family Work.
Social Policy, Work, and Family.
The Two-Earner Marriage and the Relationship.

Chapter 14. Divorce

Today's High U.S. Divorce Rate.
Why More Couples Are Divorcing.
Thinking About Divorce : Weighing the Alternatives.
Getting the Divorce.
The Economic Consequences of Divorce.
Her and His Divorce.
Forming Families : The Next Generation.
Should Divorces be Harder to Get?

Chapter 15. Remarriages

Remarriage : Some Basic Facts.
Choosing Partners the Next Time : Variations on a Theme.
Spouses' Happiness and Stability in Remarriage.
Remarried Families : A Normless Norm.
Stepparenting : A Challenge in Remarriage.
Creating Supportive Stepfamilies.

Chapter 16. Managing Family Stress and Crises

What Precipitates a Family Crisis?
Family Transitions as Stressors.
The Course of a Family Crisis.
Theories of Family Crisis and Adaptation.
Meeting Crises Creatively.
Crisis : Disaster or Opportunity?

Appendix A : Human Sexual Anatomy.
Appendix B : Human Sexual Response.
Appendix C : Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth.
Appendix D : High-Tech Fertility.
Appendix E : Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Appendix F : Sexual Dysfunctions and Therapy.
Appendix G : Marriage and Close. Relationship Counseling.
Appendix H : Managing a Family Budget.

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