Diversity and Change in Families: Patterns, Prospects and Policies / Edition 1

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The idea for this book was conceived nearly five years ago. We have taught a variety of courses pertaining to families, and throughout the semesters we have supplemented our lectures and textbook material with various articles and chapters. We were never quite satisfied with the family reader books that were available. From our perspective, some of them failed to adequately cover the issues and topics that we felt were essential. Others appeared too superficial in terms of the material that they did cover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132196680
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/23/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents



“The Theoretical Importance of the Family,”William J. Goode.

Historical Variation.

“The Emergence of the Modern American Family,”Carl N. Degler. “Death and the Family,”Peter Uhlenberg. “Prophets of Doom,”Edward L. Kain.

Cultural Variation.

“The Family,”Mahmood Mamdani. “Marriage in the People's Republic of China: Analysis of a New Law,”John W. Engel. “The Amish Family,”, John A. Hostetler.

Racial and Ethnic Variation.

“African American Families in the 1990s,”William P. O'Hare, Kelvin M. Pollard, Taynia L. Mann, and Mary M. Kent. “Hispanic Families in the United States: Research Perspectives,”Catherine Street Chilman.

Social Class Variation.

“Day-to-Day Living,”Mark Robert Rank. “Shattered Dreams,”Lillian B. Rubin. “Wife,”Susan Ostrander.

Family Structure Variation.

“New Realities of the American Family,”Dennis A. Ahlburg and Carol J. De Vita. “Exiles from Kinship,”Kath Weston.


Dating and Premarital Sexuality.

“Dating,”Martin King Whyte. “Beginning Sex in the Close Relationship,”Susan Sprecher and Kathleen McKinney.

Mate Selection.

“Mate Selection: Finding and Meeting Partners,”Mary Ann Schwartz and BarBara Marliene Scott.

Aspects of Marriage.

“The Good-Provider Role: Its Rise and Fall,”Jessie Bernard. “A Speed-up in the Family,”Arlie Hochschild with Anne Machung. “What Does Family Mean?”Norval D. Glenn. “Marriages That Last,”Francine Klagsburn.

The Transition to Parenthood and Child Development.

“The His and Hers Transition,”Jay Belsky and John Kelly. “Growing Up Takes Time,”Penelope Leach.

Divorce and Remarriage.

“Marital Dissolution and Remarriage,”Andrew J. Cherlin. “Downward Mobility,”Terry Arendell.

Aging and Widowhood.

“Families and Aging: Diversity and Heterogeneity,”Vern Bengtson, Carolyn Rosenthal and Linda Burton.


Family Problems.

“The Family: Problems and Solutions,”Bert Adams. “Profiling Violent Families,”Richard J. Gelles and Murray A. Straus. “Sexual Pluralism: Ending America's Sexual Crisis,”Ira L. Reiss. “Vanishing Dreams of America's Young Families,”Marian Wright Edelman. “Toward the 21st Century: Family Change and Public Policy,”Steven K. Wisensale.

Family Therapy.

“Process of Family Therapy: Political/Administrative Aspects and Stages of Therapy,”Carl A. Whitaker and William M. Bumberry. “A Father's Rage,”Salvador Minuchin and Michael P. Nichols.

Family Policy.

“Starting Right: What We Owe to Children Under Three,”Sheila B. Kamerman. “Family Decline in the Swedish Welfare State,”David Popenoe. “The Changing Structure of American Families: The Bigger Family Planning Issue,”David T. Ellwood.

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