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Exploring the private side of family life together with the public, institutional nature of the “the Family” through a sociological lens.

Families and Their Social Worlds shows that many family concerns are actually social issues that need to be addressed through sound social policies. The author encourages readers to think about families beyond their own personal experiences, and even beyond family structure in the United States. Her goal is to impart a passion for critical thinking as readers see that families exist within social worlds. Important policy considerations are imbedded in each chapter to illustrate what is currently being done, and perhaps even more importantly, what can be done to strengthen families and intimate relationships.

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Editorial Reviews

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Margaret Bader, Nunez Community College

Jeremy Boyle, Kansas State University

Wanda Clark, South Plains College

David Ford, University of Central Oklahoma

Kathy Kotowski, Cuyamaca College

Jean Ann Moylan, California State University, Sacramento

“The chapter on social class is particularly strong and includes more materials than I've seen in some other texts. Also the chapter on work is particularly good with more attention to the roles of women."

Wanda Clark, South Plains College

"I like that Seccombe has a specific chapter offering cross-cultural comparisons of families so students can see the similarities and differences in these institutions."

Margaret Bader, Nunez Community College

"I really liked the 'Our Global Community' feature. It really gives great global perspective."

Kathy Kotowski, Cuyamaca College

"The inclusion of all four themes in each chapter gives students a very complete view of each topic and is unique to this text."

David Ford, University of Central Oklahoma

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205863761
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/4/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Seccombe is a professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. in sociology at California State University, Chico, her M.S.W. in health and social welfare policy from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Her research focuses on poverty, welfare, access to health care, and the effects of social inequality on families. She is the author of Marriage and Family: You and Society (Pearson); “So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and its Reform, 3rd edition (Allyn and Bacon); Families in Poverty (Allyn and Bacon); Just Don’t Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), and Marriages and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca L. Warner (Wadsworth). She is a National Council on Family Relations fellow, and a member of the American Sociological Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association, where she has held elective offices. Karen lives in Portland with her husband Richard, a health economist, her ten-year-old daughter, Natalie Rose, and her eight-year-old daughter, Olivia Lin. In her spare time she enjoys hiking near their cabin in the Oregon Cascades, walking the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, exploring the kid-friendly playgrounds, attractions, and restaurants in Portland and surrounding areas, and traveling just about anywhere–the San Juan Islands are high on her list.

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Families and the Sociological Imagination

Chapter 2: Families Throughout the World: Marriage, Family, and Kinship

Chapter 3: Families Throughout History

Chapter 4: Sex, Gender, and Families

Chapter 5: Social Stratification, Social Class, and Families

Chapter 6: Race, Ethnicity, and Families

Chapter 7: Courtship, Intimacy, and Partnering

Chapter 8: Marriage: A Personal Relationship and Social Institution

Chapter 9: Becoming a Parent

Chapter 10: Raising Children

Chapter 11: Families and the Work They Do

Chapter 12: Aging Families

Chapter 13: Violence and Abuse

Chapter 14: Divorce and Repartnering

Chapter 15: Summing It Up: Families and the Sociological Imagination

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part I: Understanding Families and Their Social Worlds

Chapter 1: Families and the Sociological Imagination

What Are Families?

The Sociological Imagination

Familes and Social Change

The State and Family Policy

Themes of This Book

Conclusion

Chapter 2: Families Throughout the World: Marriage, Family, and Kinship

Functions of the Family: Variations and Universals

Differences in Marriage and Family Pattern

Patterns of Power and Authority

Patterns of Kinship, Descent, and Inheritance

Patterns of Residence

Modernization Theory: Social Change and Families

World Systems Theory: Social Change and Families

Families Around the World

Conclusion

Chapter 3: Families Throughout History

Why Study Family History?

Families in Preindustrial Socities

Family Life in Preindustrial United States

American Families in the Nineteenth Century

Families in the Twentieth Centry: The Rise of the "Modern" Family

Recent Family Issues and Their Historical Roots

Conclusion

Chapter 4: Sex, Gender, and Families

Sex and Gender: What's the Difference?

Where Do We Learn Gender?

The Pitfalls of Masculinity

Institutional Sex Discrimination: Patriarchy

Does Patriarchy Exist in Western Nations?

Implications for Families

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 5: Social Stratification, Social Class, and Families

Social Class and Family Relationships

What Is Social Stratification?

Social Class in the United States

Family Focus, How Calss Matters: Health, Health Insurance, and Family Well-Being

Families in Poverty

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 6: Race, Ethnicity, and Families

Increasing Diversity in the United States

Immigration

Defining Basic Concepts

How Do Race and Ethnicity Influence Family and Close Relationships?

Hispanic and Latino Families

Black Families

Asian American Families

Native American and Alaska Native Families

Interracial and Interethnic Families

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Part II: Negotiating Family Relationships

Chapter 7: Courtship, Intimacy, and Partnering

Courtship and Mate Selection

Love

Sexuality

Heterosexual Cohabitation

Gay and Lesbian Commitment and Cohabitation

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 8: Marriage: A Personal Relationship and Social Institution

The Universality of Marriage

The Changing Nature of Marriage

Benefits of Marriage

Marital Happiness, Satisfaction, and Success

The Marriage Movement

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 9: Becoming a Parent

Population and Fertility Trends Worldwide

Fertility Rates in the United States

Deciding to Parent

The Social Construction of Childbirth

The Transition to Parenthood

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 10: Raising Children

Comparative Focus on Childhood and Parenting

Socialization

Parenting Styles and Practices

Parenting Contexts

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 11: Families and the Work They Do

The Changing Economy and Work

Life in a Recession

The Division of Household Labor

Juggling Work and Family Life

Child Care? Who's Minding the Children?

Social Policy and Famli Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 12: Aging Families

Changing Demographics

Historical Perspectives

Prevailing Theories of Aging

The Economics of Aging

The Aging Couple

Relationships with Children and Grandchildren

Retirement

Health

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Part III: Social Problems and Families

Chapter 13: Violence and Abuse

Gender-Based Violence: An International Human Rights Issue

Intimate Partner Violence

Child Abuse

Elder Abuse

Explanations for Violence and Abuse Among Intimates

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Chapter 14: Divorce and Repartnering

Measuring Divorce

Cross Cultural Comparisons

Historical Trends in the United States

Factors Associated with Divorce

The Stations of the Divorce Experience

Consequences of Divorce for Children

Repartnering and Remarriage

Stepfamily Relationships

Social Policy and Family Resilience

Conclusion

Part IV: What Have We Learned?

Chapter 15: Summing It Up: Families and the Sociological Imagination

The Sociological Imagination

Using the Sociological Imagination: Themes of the Text Revisited

Future Trends: Where Are Families Heading?

Conclusion

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