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Sociology of Families

Sociology of Families - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0761987499

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ISBN13: 978-0761987499
ISBN10: 0761987495
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 02
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Published: 2002
International: No

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Sociology of Families - 2ND 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761987499

David M. Newman and Elizabeth Grauerholz

ISBN13: 978-0761987499
ISBN10: 0761987495
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 02
Publisher: Pine Forge Press

Published: 2002
International: No

Author Bio

Newman, David M. : DePauw University


Grauerholz, Elizabeth : Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

PART I: EXAMINING FAMILY ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES

Issue 1: What is a Family?

Images of Family
The "Official" U.S. Definition of Family
Blood Families and Chosen Families
The Controversy over Gay Families
The Symbolism of Family
Something to Think About

Issue 2: Is the Institution of Family Breaking Down - and Society with It?

The Family Decline Perspective
The Family Transformation Perspective
Something to Think About

Issue 3: How Private Should Family Life be?

The Ideal of Family Privacy
Parents and Children
Variations in Family Privacy
Something to Think About

Issue 4: How Should Individual Rights and Family Obligations be Balanced?

Rights and Responsibilities
Culture and Family Obligation
Gender and Family Obligation
Costs, Benefits, and Family Decisions
Family Obligation and Social Policy
A Balance of Individualism and Family Obligation
Something to Think About

Issue 5: Does Religion Help or Hurt Families?

Spirituality in Contemporary Life
Religion in America
How Religion Strengthens Families
How Religion Creates Stress
Something to Think About

PART II: THINKING SOCIOLOGICALLY ABOUT FAMILIES

Chapter 1. The Sociological Study of Family Life

Windows of Family: The Elusive Family
Everyday Research
Theory and Research
The Modes of Research
The Trustworthiness of Family Research
Family Privacy and Research Ethics
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 2. Gender and Families

Windows on Family: What Are Girls and Boys Made Of?
Sex and Gender
Learning Gender
Doing Gender
Gender and Power
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 3. Race, Ethnicity, and Families

Windows on Family: Multiracial Families
Racial and Ethnic Identity
African-American Families
Asian-American Families
Hispanic Families
The Diversity Question
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 4. Wealth, Poverty, and Families

Windows on Family: Lifestyles of the Rich and the Poor
Class Stratification
Poverty and Family Life
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn


PART III: INVESTING FAMILIES OVER THE LIFE COURSE

Chapter 5: Love, Sexuality, and Attraction

Windows on Family: Incurably Romantic
The Cultural Context of Intimacy
Romantic Love
Sexuality
Dating and Courtships
Social Theories of Intimate Relationships
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 6. Couple and MarriageChanging American Families

Windows on Family: What It Means to be a Couple
Couples' Lives
Marriages
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 7. Work Life and Family Life

Windows on Family: When Home Is Work and Work Is Home
Two Worlds: Work and Family
Dual-Earner Families
The Balance Between Work and Family
The Domestic Divisin of Labor
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 8. Parenthood and Parenting

Windows on Family: Patriarchs, Fathers, and Dads
Pronatalism
The Process of Becoming Parents
Gender and Parenthood
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 9. Childhood and Child Rearing

Windows on Family: Growing up in Two Worlds
The Historical Construction of Childhood
Children's Power in Families
Adolescence
The Social Complexities of Child Rearing
The Issue of Child Care
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 10. Imtimate Violence

Windows on Family: A Violent Society Begets Violent Homes
The Roots of Intimate Violence in the United States
Violence in Dating Relationships
Violence Between Spouses and Partners
Child Abuse
Elder Abuse
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 11. Divorce and Remarriage

Windows on Family: Blending Families
Divorce in Cultural Context
Divorce American Style
Uncoupling
Divorce and Children
Remarriage and Stepfamilies
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 12. Family Transitions in Adulthood

Windows on Family: Cycles of Change
Family Transitions and the Life Course
The Influence of Birth Cohorts
The Transitions of Adulthood
Old Age
Death and Families
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn

Chapter 13. Families in a Changing Society

Windows on Family: Family Change
Social Changes
Recemt and Future Family Trends
Family Policy
A Final Word
Conclusion
Chapter Highlights
Your Turn
References
Credits
Glossary/Index