Families: A Sociological Perspective / Edition 1

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Families: A Sociological Perspective is an exciting new text from David Newman that successfully connects to students’ personal lives while showing how sociologists understand and explain families. It is not only informative in terms of current sociological knowledge of families, but meaningful in terms of contemporary family debates and applicable to students’ own family experiences. "What Does it All Mean?", "Going Global", and "See for Yourself" sections appear throughout the text allowing students to think and actively "do" sociology like sociologists to explore theoretical concepts to better understand their own family lives as well as those of others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073404165
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/27/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 657,455
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Newman is currently Professor of Sociology at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He received his PhD. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1988. He teaches courses in Deviance, Mental Illness, Family, Social Psychology, and Research Methods and has won teaching awards at both the University of Washington and DePauw University. He has published numerous articles on teaching and has presented several research papers on the intersection of gender and power in intimate relationships. He has authored two textbooks,

"Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life" (and co-edited an accompanying anthology) and "Sociology of Families". When not hunkered down in his third floor office he enjoys running, swimming, and arguing with his teenage sons.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Examining Family Issues and Controversies 1
Issue 1 What Is a Family? 2
Issue 2 Is the Institution of Family Breaking Down - and Society with It? 18
Issue 3 How Private Should Family Life Be? 38
Issue 4 How Should Individual Rights and Family Obligations Be Balanced? 52
Issue 5 Does Religion Help or Hurt Families? 64
Pt. II Thinking Sociologically About Families
Ch. 1 The Sociological Study of Family Life 81
Ch. 2 Gender and Families 109
Ch. 3 Race, Ethnicity, and Families 141
Ch. 4 Wealth, Poverty, and Families 165
Pt. III Investigating Families over the Life Course 195
Ch. 5 Love, Sexuality, and Attraction 197
Ch. 6 Couplehood and Marriage 241
Ch. 7 Work Life and Family Life 277
Ch. 8 Parenthood and Parenting 321
Ch. 9 Childhood and Child Rearing 357
Ch. 10 Intimate Violence 395
Ch. 11 Divorce and Remarriage 437
Ch. 12 Family Transitions in Adulthood 479
Ch. 13 Families in a Changing Society 517
References 554
Credits 585
Glossary/Index 587
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