Advancing Family Theories / Edition 1

Advancing Family Theories / Edition 1

by James M. White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761929053

ISBN-13: 9780761929055

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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"

Overview

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.

Advancing Family Theories is an excellent supplement to Family Theories, Second Edition (SAGE, 2002), or is effective on its own. The book helps students with the task of taking abstract and very general theories and reducing them to a level of specific research models and hypotheses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761929055
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
Part I: Understanding Theory: Product and Process
2. Family Theory and Social Science
3. Science and Its Critics
4. Theory, Models, and Metaphors
5. Functions and Types of Theory
Part II: Advancing Substantive Family Theory
6. Rational Choice Theory and the Family
7. Transition Theory
Part III: Beyond Theory: Ethics, Ideology, and Metatheory
8. Empirical Research and Theory
9. Theory and Human Values
10. Conclusion: Theories as Tools for Studying Families
References
References
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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