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This bestselling reader on families and intimate relationships identifies the most current trends and places them in historical context, balancing cutting edge scholarship with perennial favorites. The authors, who are leading scholars, build each new edition from classic literature in the field as well as from contemporary discourse on family.

Articles new to this edition cover a range of topics, including: The transition from adolescence to adulthood, Current Census Bureau statistics on American family life, Attitudes and beliefs in conservative Christian families, Domestic violence, The "silent revolution" that led to the emergence of no-fault divorce, The impact of class and race on family life, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205747306
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Skolnick, Ph.D., is a Visiting Scholar at the sociology department at New York University, and a consultant to the Families and Work Institute. For many years she was a member of the research staff at the Institute of Human Development, at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on the Berkeley Longitudinal Studies, examining the emotional lives and marriages of study members as they evolved from childhood to middle age. More recently, Professor Skolnick has been studying the sources and impact of job stress on the families of police officers. She has also taken part in several interdisciplinary projects dealing with social science, law and family policy. In recent years, she helped to organize a monthly Family Policy Seminar at Berkeley, and co-edited the book that grew out of the seminar: All Our Families: New Policies for a New Century. Professor Skolnick has published a number of other books and articles on marriage and the family, including Family in Transition and Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty. She is currently at work on a book entitled The Unfinished Family: The Future of Love and Work.

Jerome Skolnick, a sociologist, currently teaches at the New York University School of Law where he is Co-Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He is also Claire Clements Dean’s Professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Chair of the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He has written many books and articles and has received numerous grants, honors and awards in recognition of his research and scholarship. These include the August Vollmer award of the American Society of Criminology; awards for distinguished scholarship from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Western Society of Criminology; the Mills award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (for Justice Without Trial); election to the honorary Sociological Research Association; and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He was Director of the Task Force on Violent Protest and Confrontation of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, Washington, D.C. 1968-1969 and served as President of the American Society of Criminology from November 1993 through November 1994. In 1997, he completed a three year term as Chair of the National Academy of Science/ National Research Council's Committee on Law and Justice. In 1996 he was honored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice as their Criminal Justice Educator of the Year.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Family in Transition 1
Pt. I The Changing Family 19
Ch. 1 Family Origins and History 23
Reading 1 The Origin of the Family 23
Reading 2 American Families in Transition: Historical Perspectives on Change 40
Reading 3 The Politics and History of Family Violence 58
Reading 4 Death and the Family 72
Ch. 2 Contemporary Trends 82
Reading 5 Twentieth-Century Changes in Household Technology 82
Reading 6 American Families: As They Are and Were 93
Reading 7 The Modernization of Grandparenthood 105
Pt. II Gender and Sex 113
Ch. 3 Gender and Inequality 117
Reading 8 The Good-Provider Role: Its Rise and Fall 117
Ch. 4 Sexuality 137
Reading 9 Sex and the Coupled Life 137
Reading 10 Sex in Transition, 1900-1980 151
Reading 11 Dubious Conceptions: The Controversy Over Teen Pregnancy 160
Pt. III Coupling 173
Ch. 5 Love and Marriage 177
Reading 12 Five Types of Marriage 177
Reading 13 Marital Upset 188
Reading 14 The Marriage License as a Hitting License 203
Ch. 6 Divorce and Remarriage 217
Reading 15 The Transformation of Legal Marriage Through No-Fault Divorce 217
Reading 16 Mothers and Divorce: Downward Mobility 230
Reading 17 The Impact of Divorce on Children 242
Reading 18 Starting a New Life: The Positive Consequences of Divorce 266
Reading 19 The Remarriage Transition 278
Pt. IV Children in the Family 291
Ch. 7 Children 295
Reading 20 The Social Transformation of Childhood 295
Reading 21 Pricing the Priceless Child: From Baby Farms to Black-Market Babies 316
Reading 22 The Impact of Intimate Violence 323
Ch. 8 Parents 332
Reading 23 Transition to Parenthood 332
Reading 24 Good Dads - Bad Dads: Two Faces of Fatherhood 342
Reading 25 Single Mothers: A Review and Critique of Current Research 363
Pt. V Families in Society 379
Ch. 9 The Economy, Work and Family Life 385
Reading 26 The Downwardly Mobile Family 385
Reading 27 Family, Race, and Poverty in the Eighties 399
Reading 28 Working Mothers and Their Families 414
Reading 29 The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home 431
Ch. 10 Variations in Family Experience 439
Reading 30 Developments in Research on Black Families: A Decade Review 439
Reading 31 Asian Families 472
Reading 32 Hispanic Families in the 1980s: A Decade of Research 490
Reading 33 Sprouting Some Odd Branches: A Divorce-Extended Family 504
Reading 34 Variations on a Theme 518
Reading 35 The Family in An Aging Society: A Matrix of Latent Relationships 524
Ch. 11 The Cultural Politics of Family Life 536
Reading 36 Motherhood and Morality in America 536
Reading 37 The Strange Career of the "Harvard-Yale Study" 553
Reading 38 The History of Love: Theories and Debates 560
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