Families in the U.S: Kinship and Domestic Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

This engaging collection of essays attempts to do justice to the complexity of contemporary families and to situate them in their economic, political, and cultural contexts. The editors introduce this wide-ranging collection with a provocative analytical introduction, setting the stage with a recognition that families may look very different even to those inside the same family. These cutting-edge scholars explore the ways in which family life is gendered and reflect on the work of maintaining family and kin relationships, especially as social and family power structures change over time.

The book includes a guide to topics (from Adoption and African American Families to Work-Family Tensions and Working-Class Families) that should prove useful to teachers, students, and researchers.

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An interdisciplinary anthology that explores the interconnections between families and social structure. Sixty-two articles integrate an understanding of structural inequality within society, power within the family, and links between family and kinship systems as social and family power structures change over time. Topics include family composition, families within society, webs of family relationships, complexities and contradictions of family bonds, labor and family intersections, and social policy and family values. Contains a guide to topics but no index. Paper edition (unseen), $29.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566395908
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Women in the Political Economy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Analyzing Families with a Feminist Sociological Imagination
Organization of the Book
Guide to Topics
1 Redefining Families: Who's In and Who's Out? 7
2 Motherhood Under Patriarchy 21
3 Family, Feminism, and Race in America 33
4 Adoption and Kinship 41
5 Household Structure and Family Ideologies: The Case of Vietnamese Refugees 55
6 Mortality Decline in the Twentieth Century and Supply of Kin over the Life Course 69
7 Fertility on the Frontier: Women, Contraception, and Community 79
8 Interpreting the African Heritage in Afro-American Family Organization 91
9 Time Squeeze: The Extra Month of Work 113
10 Capitalism and Gay Identity 131
11 Bread Before Roses: American Workingmen, Labor Unions, and the Family Wage 143
12 Race, Poverty, and Women's Aging 157
13 Affluence and Poverty in Feeding the Family 171
14 Gender, Class, Family, and Migration: Puerto Rican Women in Chicago 189
15 Children's Changing Access to Resources: A Historical Perspective 201
16 The Anti-Social Family 219
17 The Place of Kinfolk in Personal Community Networks 231
18 Housewife and Gadder: Themes of Self-Sufficiency and Community in Eighteenth-Century New England 241
19 Mexican American Women Grassroots Community Activists: Mothers of East Los Angeles 251
20 Why Women Mother 271
21 Chicana/o Family Structure and Gender Personality: Chodorow, Familism, and Psychoanalytic Sociology Revisited 295
22 Catching Sense: Learning from Our Mothers to Be Black and Female 315
23 Jewish Lesbian Parenting 329
24 Native American Mother 335
25 "I Am This Child's Mother": A Feminist Perspective on Mothering with a Disability 339
26 American Fathering in Historical Perspective 351
27 Fathers and Sons: Men's Experience and the Reproduction of Fatherhood 363
28 The Culture and Conduct of Fatherhood 377
29 "Best Case Scenarios": Fathers, Children, and Divorce 387
30 Kinscripts 405
31 The Female World of Cards and Holidays: Women, Families, and the Work of Kinship 419
32 Fictive Kin, Paper Sons, and Compadrazgo: Women of Color and the Struggle for Family Survival 431
33 The Two Marriages 449
34 Wives' Marital Work in a Culture of Divorce 459
35 Why Gay People Should Seek the Right to Marry 475
36 Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation? 481
37 Love Demands Everything 487
38 Divorced Parents and the Jewish Community 495
39 Ideals of Care: Traditional, Postmodern, Cold-Modern, and Warm-Modern 527
40 The Invisible Women: Caregiving and AIDS 539
41 The Ambiguities of Social Support: Adult Daughters Caring for Frail Elderly Parents 557
42 Masculinity, Caregiving, and Men's Friendship in Antebellum New England 575
43 Revolutionary Parenting 587
44 Racial Safety and Cultural Maintenance: The Child Care Concerns of Employed Mothers of Color 597
45 Through a Feminist Lens: Gender, Power, and Violence 609
46 Why Do Men Batter Their Wives? 619
47 Felicia: Working with a Teen Mother in an Abusive Relationship 635
48 Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishment 641
49 Child Abuse in Context: An Historian's Perspective 651
50 "My Mother Was Much of a Woman": Slavery 677
51 Constructing Motherhood on the Night Shift: "Working Mothers" as "Stay-at-Home Moms" 709
52 Working at Motherhood: Chicana and Mexican Immigrant Mothers and Employment 727
53 The Dialectics of Wage Work: Japanese-American Women and Domestic Service, 1905-1940 745
54 The Parenting Approach to the Work-Family Dilemma 767
55 The Working Wife as Urbanizing Peasant 779
56 Household Labor and the Routine Production of Gender 791
57 Children's Share in Household Tasks 809
58 "She Helped Me Hay It as Good as a Man": Relations Among Women and Men in an Agricultural Community 818
59 Children as Public Goods 831
60 The Politics of Child Care in America's Public/Private Welfare State 837
61 Claiming All of Our Bodies: Reproductive Rights and Disability 849
62 The Right Family Values 859
Contributors 881
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