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This popular sociology of family text introduces key theoretical perspectives, reflects the most current data and research, and uses cross-cultural comparisons to present the most comprehensive coverage of the family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205578740
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/19/2009
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 339,890
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1. Defining the Family: Institutional and Disciplinary Concerns

2. U.S. Families: Historical Origins, Changes, and Contemporary Issues

3. Marriage and the Family: Disciplinary and Theoretical Approaches

4. Social Class Variations

5. Race and Ethnic Variations

6. Partnering and Marriage Formation

7. Pre-Marital and Non-Marital Relationships

9. Non marital Sexuality

10. Transition to Parenthood

11. Parent-Child Interaction and Socialization

12. The Aging Family

13. Family Stress and Violence

14. Divorce and Remarriage

15. Family Social Policy

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

* Every chapter ends with:

-Summary

-Key Terms and Topics

-Discussion Questions

-Further Readings

PART I: UNDERSTANDING MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES ACROSS TIME AND PLACE

Chapter1: Defining the Family: Institutional and Disciplinary Concerns

Family as a Social Institution

Families as Systems and Groups

Characteristics of Marriage, Family, and Kinship Systems

Chapter 2: U.S. Families: Historical Origins, Changes, and Contemporary Issues

Historical Origins of the Modern Family in Europe and America

Characteristics of Contemporary U.S. Families

Contemporary U.S. Families and Other Social Institutions

Issues and Changes in Contemporary U.S. Families

Chapter 3: Marriage and the Family: Disciplinary and Theoretical Approaches

Sociology of the Family

Social Science Approach to the Family

Relationship between Research and Theory: The Scientific Process

Research Methods and Statistical Concepts

Theories and Frames of Reference

Alternative Perspectives

Appraisal and Expansion of Contemporary Family Theory

PART II: SOCIO-CULTURAL CONTEXTS AND THE DIVERSITY OF FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES

Chapter 4: Social-Class Variations

Meaning of Social Class

Determination of Social Class

Consequences of Social Class to Families

Social Categories of Families

Programs and Policies to Help Families in Poverty

Social Mobility: Changing Family Lifestyles

Chapter 5: Race and Ethnic Variations

Meaning and Significance of Race and Ethnicity

African American Families

Hispanic American Families

Asian American Families

Native American Family System

PART III: RELATIONSHIP FORMATION PROCESSES AND NONMARITAL RELATIONSHIPS

Chapter 6: Partnering and Marriage Formation

Marriage Trends and Characteristics

Purposes and Consequences of Marriage

Systems of Partner Selection and Choice

Patterns of Selection and Choice

Chapter 7: Premarital and Non-marital Relationships

Socio-cultural Context of Non-marital Relationships

Processes of Status Change: Single to Married

Nonmarital Cohabitation

Chapter 8: Nonmarital Sexuality

Social Regulation of Sexual Relationships

Biological versus Sociological Approaches to Sexual Behavior

The Social Dimensions of Sexuality

Sexual Orientation

Nonmarital Sexual Behavior

Premarital Sexual Intercourse

PART IV: LIFE COURSE CONDITIONS AND FAMILY DYNAMICS

Chapter 9: The Marital System

Transition to Marriage

Division of Labor in Marriage

Power in Conjugal and Intimate Relationships

Marital Quality

Marital Commitment and Stability

Same-Sex Relationships

Sex and Marriage

Extramarital Sex

Chapter 10: Transition to Parenthood

Value of Children and Parenthood

Fertility Transitions

Consequences of Parenthood

Young and Unwed Parenthood

Family Size and Related Factors

Chapter 11: Parent—Child Interaction and Socialization

Socialization of Parents and Children

Theories of Socialization Processes

Socialization in Adolescence and Beyond

Gender Identity and Sex-Role Socialization

Parenting in Social Context

Chapter 12: The Aging Family

Postparental Period: The Middle Years

Grandparent Status

Families of Later Life and People Who Are Aged

Common Problems of People Who Are Aged

Socialization in Later Life

Retirement

Dying and Death

Widows and Widowers

PART V: FAMILY CRISIS AND SOCIAL POLICY

Chapter 13: Family Stress and Violence

Social Stresses on Families

Violence in Families and among Intimates

Chapter 14 Divorce and Remarriage

Desertion and Marital Separation

Annulment

Divorce around the World

Divorce in the United States

Remarriages and Stepfamilies

Chapter 15: Family Social Policy

Meaning and Use of Family Policy

Research on Family Policy

Issues Surrounding Family Policy

Future of the Family System

Glossary

Name Index

Subject Index

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