Canadian Families Today: New Perspectives / Edition 2

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Using up-to-date research on topics of paramount importance to all Canadians, Canadian Families Today examines such issues as the life experiences of Canada's elderly, the gendered nature of paid and unpaid work in the family economy, the marginalization of individuals who differ from the heterosexual norm, the impact of disability on families, and the broader social issues, such as violence and public policy, that are endemic to the contemporary family.

Key Features

New! Two new chapters-one on parents with disabilities, the other on rituals surrounding events such as marriage and death-engage students with current research on issues affecting Canadian families.

New! Online resources include a test bank and companion website with information designed to enhance lectures and the classroom experience. Students will benefit from additional pedagogical tools available to them online.

All chapters have been updated with current research findings and data on Canadian families.

The text's eighteen contributing authors, all experts in their fields, represent a range of perspectives, challenging student readers to look at Canadian families from multiple points of view.

Supported by a wealth of pedagogical features-learning objectives, study questions, lists for further reading, lists of relevant websites, and an extensive glossary-Canadian Families Today is an ideal text for any course that looks at families.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195431230
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cheal is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg in Canada. He has written extensively on the subjects of aging and families.

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Table of Contents



Part I Conceptualizing Families

Chapter 1 Introduction to Canada's Families: Historical and Recent Variations, Definitions, and Theories Patrizia Albanese Albanese, Patrizia 2

Part II The Life Course

Chapter 2 Intimacy, Commitment, and Family Formation Rachel Ariss Ariss, Rachel 29

Chapter 3 'Bringing Up' and 'Growing up': Parents, Children, and Family Life Gillian Ranson Ranson, Gillian 47

Chapter 4 Separation and Divorce: Fragmentation and Renewal of Families Craig McKie McKie, Craig 65

Chapter 5 'Mid-Life Crises': Understanding the Changing Nature of Relationships in Middle-Age Canadian Families Karen M. Kobayashi Kobayashi, Karen M. 84

Chapter 6 Aging in Canadian Families Today Michael Carroll Carroll, Michael 98

Part III Family Issues

Chapter 7 Marriage and Death Rituals Deborah K. van den Hoonaard van den Hoonaard, Deborah K. 116

Chapter 8 Families and Work: Connecting Households, Workplaces, State Policies, and Communities Andrea Doucet Doucet, Andrea 132

Chapter 9 Family Poverty in Canada: Correlates, Coping Strategies, and Consequences Joseph H. Michalski Michalski, Joseph H. 147

Chapter 10 'I Do' Belong in Canada: Same-Sex Relationships and Marriage Doreen M. Fumia Fumia, Doreen M. 167

Chapter 11 Building Bridges: Immigrant, Visible Minority, and Aboriginal Families in the Twenty-First Century J.S. Frideres Frideres, J. S. 183

Chapter 12 Lack of Support: Canadian Families and Disabilities Michelle Owen Owen, Michelle 200

Chapter 13 Parents with Disabilities Claudia Malacrida Malacrida, Claudia 213

Part IV Problems, Policies, and Predictions

Chapter 14 All in the Family: Violence against Women, Children, and the Aged Aysan Sev'er Sev'er, Aysan 237

Chapter 15 Investing in Families and Children: Family Policies in Canada Catherine Krull Krull, Catherine 254

Chapter 16 The Past of the Future and the Future of the Family Margrit Eichler Eichler, Margrit 274

Glossary 291

References 299

Index 338

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