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This unique anthology contains readings that represent three major perspectives--conservative, centrist, liberal/feminist--on 16 important and controversial marriage and family-related topics. Section introductions put the articles in context and "critical thinking" questions challenge the authors' theoretical position, usage of data, consistency, etc. --helping readers to sort intelligently through the issues and perspectives and to develop informed opinions. Contains articles from several political and ideological positions on such topics as family values, gender roles, cohabitation, parenting, divorce, and stepfamilies. Features two original, theoretical chapters that characterize the "family wars" and their consequences in everyday life. For anyone interested in marriage/family issues from a variety of perspectives.
1. Norval D. Glenn, Who's Who in the Family Wars: A Characterization of the Major Ideological Factions.
2. Nijole V. Benokraitis, How Family Wars Affect Us: Four Models of Family Change and Their Consequences.
II. DEFINING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ISSUES.
3. Current Perspectives on the Family.
Conservative: Patrick F. Fagan, The Breakdown of the Family. Centrist: Jean Elshtain, Enola Aird, Amitai Etzioni, William Galston, Mary Ann Glendon, Martha Minow, and Alice Rossi, A Communitarian Position on the Family. Liberal/Feminist: Stephanie Coontz, Why We Miss the 1950s.
4. Family Values.
Conservative: James Q. Wilson, The Family-Values Debate. Centrist: Dennis Orthner, The Revolution in Family Norms. Liberal/Feminist: Arlene Skolnick and Stacey Rosencrantz, The New Crusade for the Old Family.
5. Women's and Men's Family Roles.
Conservative: George Gilder, Women Should Domesticate Men for Marriage. Centrist: Maggie Gallagher, Gender Roles: A Taboo Subject. Liberal/Feminist: Betty Carter and Joan K. Peters, Remaking Marriage and Family Roles.
III. LOVE, SEX, AND MARRIAGE.
6. Love and Courtship.
Conservative: Leon Kass, The End of Courtship. Centrist: Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton, Love and Individualism. Liberal/Feminist: Carol Tavris, Women as Love's Experts and Love's Victims.
7. Sex and Cohabitation.
Conservative: Laura Schlessinger, Stupid Cohabitation: The Ultimate Female Self-Delusion. Centrist: William J. Doherty, How Therapists Threaten Marriages. Liberal/Feminist: Andrea Martin, Why Get Married?
Conservative: Steven Flanders, The Benefits of Marriage. Centrist: Linda J. Waite, Social Science Finds: “Marriage Matters.” Liberal/Feminist: Karen R. Blaisure and Katherine R. Allen, Feminism and Marital Equality.
IV. PARENTS AND CHILDREN.
9. Single-Parent Families.
Conservative: Bryce Christensen, Imperiled Infants. Centrist: David Popenoe, The Carnage of Declining Marriage and Fatherhood. Liberal/Feminist: Judith Stacey, The Father Fixation.
10. Raising Children.
Conservative: Den A. Trumbull and S. DuBose Ravenel, Spare the Rod? Centrist: John P. Bartkowski and Christopher G. Ellison, Conservative vs. Mainstream Models of Childrearing in Popular Manuals. Liberal/Feminist: Murray S. Straus, Ten Myths that Perpetuate Corporal Punishment.
11. Gay and Lesbian Families.
Conservative: Lawrence F. Burtoft, Gay Parenting and the Developmental Needs of Children. Centrist: Barbara F. Okun, Gay and Lesbian Parenting. Liberal/Feminist: Thomas B. Stoddard, Why Gay People Should Seek the Right to Marry.
V. WORK, RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL CLASS VARIATIONS.
12. Work and Family Life.
Conservative: Family Research Council, Children's Needs and Parents' Careers. Centrist: Dana Mack, Parenting, Bureaucratic Style. Liberal/Feminist: Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers, Ozzie and Harriet Are Dead.
13. Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
Conservative: Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom,Black Family Structure and Poverty. Centrist: Amitai Etzioni, Multiculturalism or One People? Liberal/Feminist: Lynet Uttal, Racial Safety and Cultural Maintenance in Childcare.
14. The Impact of Social Class.
Conservative: Carl F. Horowitz, Searching for the White Underclass. Centrist: Susan E. Mayer, What Money Can't Buy. Liberal/Feminist: Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein, Making Ends Meet.
VI. FAMILY CRISES AND TRANSITIONS.
15. Family Violence.
Conservative: Patricia Pearson, Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence. Centrist: Richard J. Gelles, Myths about Family Violence. Liberal/Feminist: Russell P. Dobash, R. Emerson Dobash, Margo Wilson, and Martin Daly, The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence.
Conservative: Glenn T. Stanton, Finding Fault with No-Fault Divorce. Centrist: Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Dismantling the Divorce Culture. Liberal/Feminist: Demie Kurz, Why Women Seek Divorce.
17. Remarriage and Stepfamilies.
Conservative: William A. Heth, Why Remarriage Is Wrong. Centrist: David Blankenhom, The Stepfather as Nonfather. Liberal/Feminist: Sarah Turner, My Wife-in-Law and Me: Reflections on a Joint-Custody Stepparenting Relationship.
18. Family Policies.
Conservative: Charles Murray, What Government Must Do to Reduce Welfare. Centrist: Laura A. Wilson and Robert P. Stoker, Is Federal Welfare Reform Helping or Hurting Poor Families? Liberal/Feminist: Ruth Sidel, Abandoning Poor Families.