Encyclopedia of Family Life

Encyclopedia of Family Life

by Carl L. Bankston

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This five-volume multidisciplinary encyclopedia offers 452 alphabetically arranged essays addressing different aspects of the rapidly changing social institution of the family in the United States and Canada. Essays define terms, discuss controversies, and cover historical trends and events, health concerns, laws, court cases, people, and organizations. Individual entries range in length from 250-word articles on court cases, persons, and definitions to 4000-word essays on core subjects such as "Love," "Marriage," and "Parenting." All entries are signed, and a complete list of affiliations for the 240 contributors (most are academics) appears at the beginning of Volume 1. Essays of more than 1500 words end with specialized bibliographies; bibliographical references in entries of 2500 to 4000 words are annotated, as are the entries in the general bibliography divided into 13 subject categories at the end of Volume 5. Articles begin with a listing of relevant family issues, and cross-referencing at the end of each article allows the reader to access information elsewhere in the encyclopedia. Finally, the appendixes in Volume 5 provide a time line of important legislation and court decisions, a listing of support groups, a glossary, and a list of the articles in the encyclopedia by category. Though the index provides adequate cross-referencing, it could have been more comprehensive. The statistical charts and graphs accompanying some articles are quite useful, but the photographs chosen to illustrate other essays sometimes seem unnecessary and out of context. Nothing quite comparable is available as this book is specialized, looking at everything that could have an impact on the family. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Kathleen Collins, Arizona State Univ. West Lib., Phoenix
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This well-written and accessible encyclopedia examines family life in the United States. An introductory piece points out the importance of the family unit in our culture and the multitude of issues that confront it in modern society. The articles range from 250-word entries on court cases, persons, and definitions to 4000-word essays on 18 "core subjects," such as "Aging and elderly care," "Art and iconography," "Child rearing," "Childhood history," "Family: concept and history," "Love," "Marriage," "Sexuality and sexual taboos," and "Work." Ninety-six shorter essays include titles such as "Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)," "Adoption," "Birth control," "Child abuse," "Dating," "Divorce," "Poverty," "Schools," "Step families," and "Teen mothers." The articles concerning individuals, organizations, laws, and court cases have pertinent ready-reference information highlighted at the beginning. More than half of the articles have bibliographies and all have see-also references. Black-and-white photographs, charts, and tables appear throughout. The final volume contains a range of helpful material including important legislation and court decisions, an extensive list of support groups and their addresses, a select bibliography, a list of entries categorized under 28 subject headings, and an index to the whole set. Much of this information is of interest to today's young people not only for reports but also for their personal growth.- Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
This five-volume set presents the full range of family issues that confront modern society in Canada and the United States. The 452 alphabetically arranged essays define terms, discuss controversies, and cover topics such as historical trends and events, health concerns, laws, court cases, people, and organizations. Entries range from 250 to 4,000 words--over half are 1,500 words or longer. Each one opens with a few lines that identify the most relevant issues and summarize the topic's significance to family life in general. Volume V contains the index as well as a list of subjects by category. Contains many b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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