Family Policy: Constructed Solutions to Family Problems / Edition 1

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Overview

The latest work from respected family policy expert Shirley Zimmerman. Family Policy offers the only single-authored reference book to provide a comprehensive and coherent introduction to the topic. The author clearly and cogently guides students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well-being, ending with a carefully considered set of conclusions and implications for policy practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Dorina Noble
"I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable."
Jessica Ziembroski
"The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text."
DORINA NOBLE

"I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable."

JESSICA ZIEMBROSKI

"The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text."

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An undergraduate text guiding students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well- being. Zimmerman (emeritus, family social science, U. of Minnesota) uses news stories as examples of how the frameworks she describes can be used to analyze the construction of policy solutions to family problems. Chapters cover topics including how language is used to discuss family problems and their solutions; family policy at the federal level, including congressional debate over the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act; a comparison of family policy in six states with different political cultures; and models that readers can use as guides for policy practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761920939
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/24/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
Family Policy
The Emergence of Its Discourse and Knowledge-Producing Activities
Family Policy Discourse
The Construction of Family Problems and Their Solutions
The Many and Changing Meanings of Family
Family Values in the Context of Family Change
Attitudes toward Government, Families, and the Economy
PART TWO: FROM ATTITUDES TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY PROBLEMS
From Attitudes to Solutions
Family Policies Constructed at the Federal Level for Selected Years in the 1980s and 1990s
The Defense of Marriage Act
The Construction of a Solution or a Problem?
States' Political Cultures and Their Constructed Solutions to Family Problems in the 1990s
PART THREE: CONSTRUCTING SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY PROBLEMS: POLICY FRAMEWORKS
The Institutional Framework
Family Policy as the Outcome of Institutional Arrangements
The Rational Choice Framework
The Construction of Family Policy as Rational Choice
Variations on Policy as Rational Choice in the Construction of Policy Solutions to Family Problems
Incremental Theory and Game Theory
An Alternative to Family Choice Theory in the Construction of Family Policy
Political Culture Theory
More Policy Frameworks for Constructing Solutions to Family Problems
Interest Group Theory and Elite Theory
The Construction of Policy Solutions to Family Problems
A Systems' Perspective
PART FOUR: THE IMPLICATIONS OF CONSTRUCTED SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY PROBLEMS FOR FAMILY WELLBEING: FAMILY FRAMEWORKS
Implications of Constructed Solutions to Family Problems for Family Well-Being
Family Systems Theory and Exchange and Choice Theories
Symbolic Interactionism and Family Stress Theory
Interpretative Frameworks for Thinking about Family Well-Being
Conflict Theory and Feminist and Cultural Theories
Interpretative Frameworks for Thinking about Constructed Solutions to Family Problems and their Implications for Family Well-Being
PART FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS
Adding It All Up
Family Policy as Constructed Solutions to Family Problems-Past, Present and Future
Family Policy
Constructed Solutions to Family Problems-Implications for Family Policy Practice

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