The Family Experience: A Reader in Cultural Diversity / Edition 4

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This anthology reflects the cultural diversity of the American family by providing a range of relevant articles integrating race, class, gender, and ethnicity. The collection of 35 readings reveals both historical trends and unique variations that widen our understanding of the diversity, patterns, and dynamics of the American family. Topics new to the fourth edition include: Internet dating, the Internet and family relations, wives and families of professional baseball players, the depiction of fathers in comic books, single parenthood by choice, divorce and fatherhood.

The readings avoid jargon and sophisticated statistical techniques, making them easily accessible for non-sociologists. Each selection is accompanied by a brief introductory statement that highlights its sociological significance and contains an introductory essay focusing on pertinent issues and concerns.

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A collection of readings looking at the diversity of the American family through time, taking a multicultural approach. Sections on multicultural perspectives, gender relations, generational relationships, and families in crisis follow the standard format of sociology of family courses, with section introductions and brief summaries of each reading. This second edition contains 14 new readings, and a social-policy orientation. For use in first- and second-year sociology courses. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205389209
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/23/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

* denotes selections new to this edition.


General Introduction.


1. The Changing Family: History and Politics.

Where Are the Good Old Days?—Stephanie Coontz.

Immigrant Families in the City—Mark Hutter.

Interpreting the African Heritage in Afro-American Family Organization—Niara Sudarkasa.

Setting the Clock Forward or Back? Covenant Marriage and the Divorce Revolution—Laura Sanchez, Steven L. Nock, James D. Wright, and Constance T. Gager.*

2. The Family, Kinship, and the Community.

The Female World of Cards and Holidays: Women, Families, and the Work of Kinship—Micaela di Leonardo.

Mexican American Women Grassroots Community Activists: The Mothers of East Los Angeles—Mary Pardo.

Muscogee Women's Identity Development—Barbara B. Kawulich.*

Long Distance Community in the Network Society: Contact and Support Beyond Netville—Keith N. Hampton and Barry Wellman.*


3. Premarital and Mate Selection Relationships.

Dating on the Net: Teens and the Rise of “Pure” Relationships—Lynn Schofield Clark.*

Getting a Man or Getting Ahead—Alexandra Berkowitz and Irene Padavic.*

Asian Indian Marriages—Arranged, Semi-Arranged, or Based on Love—Johanna Lessinger.*

“You Go 'Cause You Have to”: The Bridal Shower as a Ritual of Obligation—Beth Montemurro.*

4. Sexuality, Intimacy, and the Family.

The Feminization of Love—Francesca M. Cancian.

“That's Our Kind of Constellation” Lesbian Mothers Negotiate Institutionalized Understandings of Gender within the Family—Susan E. Dalton and Denise D. Bielby.*

Islamic Family Ideals and Their Relevance to American Muslim Families—Bahira Sherif.*

5. Gender Roles, Work and the Family.

There's No Place Like Work—Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Gender, Class, Family, and Migration: Puerto Rican Women in Chicago—Maura I. Toro-Morn.

Baseball Wives: Gender and the Work of Baseball—George Gmelch and Patricia Mary San Antonio.*


6. Patterns of Parenthood, Childhood, and Adolescence.

Single Mothers by Choice—Valerie S. Mannis.*

Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing About Motherhood—Patricia Hill Collins.

Black Teenage Mothers and their Mothers: The Impact of Adolescent Childbearing Daughters' Relations with Mothers—Elaine Bell Kaplan.

The Changing Culture of Fatherhood in Comic-Strip Families: A Six-Decade Analysis—Ralph LaRossa, Charles Jaret, Malati Gadgil, and G. Robert Wynn.*

Nonfamily Living in Context: Household, the Life Course, and Family Values—Frances K. Goldscheider and Calvin Goldscheider.

7. The Family and the Elderly.

To Be Old and Asian: An Unsettling Life in America—Florentius Chan.

Intimate Strangers: The Elderly and the Elderly Health Care Giver Relationships—Mark Hutter.

“The Normal American Family” as an Interpretive Structure of Family Life Among Grown Children of Korean and Vietnamese Immigrants—Karen Pyke.*

IV. Families in Crisis and Change.

8. Family Stress, Crisis, and Violence.

The Batterer's View of the Self and Others in Domestic Violence—Sarah Goodrum, Debra Umberson, and Kristin L. Anderson.*

Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishment—Murray A. Straus.

Karla and the Armstrongs: Two Oral Histories of Homeless American Families—Steven Vanderstaay.

9. Divorce, Remarriage, and the Future of the Family.

Divorce Culture: A Quest for Relational Equality in Marriage—Karla B. Hackstaff.*

Rethinking Relationships Between Divorced Mothers and Their Children: Capitalizing on Family Strengths—Joyce A. Arditti.*

The Social Self as Gendered: A Masculinist Discourse of Divorce—Terry Arendell.

Divorce and Fatherhood—Erma Jean Lawson and Aaron Thompson.*

Stepparents: De Facto Parents or Legal Strangers—Mary Ann Mason, Sydney Harrison-Jay, Gloria Messick Svare and Nicholas H. Wolfinger.*

Family Law in the New Millennium: For Whose Families?—Mary Ann Mason, Mark A. Fine, and Sarah Carnochan.*

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