From the Publisher
Ross Parke's wonderful book arrives in a time when political culture wars have intensified (again), with widely clashing views about what ideal families should be like. Parke provides a detailed and engaging account of the diversity of contemporary families, laying waste along the way to many widely-held myths about what is healthy for parents and children that have dominated current discussions without paying attention to the evidence. This book will serve as the new go-to reference source for family scholars and their students in the social sciences and humanities. It will also be required reading for (open-minded) political decision-makers and family-service providers who are concerned with how we allocate resources for families, especially in these times of economic distress.
—Professors Carolyn and Philip Cowan, Professors Emeriti, University of California, Berkeley
Future Families: Diverse Form, Rich Possibilities is the best introduction to the topic of family diversity that I have seen to date. A succinct but remarkably comprehensive treatment of the topic of family diversity.
—Professor Frank Furstenberg, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
This is the most important book on the family to have been written in the 21st Century. It is unsurpassed in terms of its sensitive and erudite consideration of the key questions raised by contemporary family forms and the extent to which these questions can be answered by empirical research. It is brings the topic alive by including real-world examples and discussion of the social and psychological implications of Future Families – a "must-read" for everyone with an interest in family life today.
—Professor Susan Golombok, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
Even Tolstoy, who thought “all happy families resemble one another,” could not have imagined the diversity of forms those happy families take, but Ross Parke has. In this innovative book he provides context, understanding, and the scientific basis for appreciating differences in numbers of parents, gender of parents, and sources of children. His scholarship will inform professionals, parents, policy-makers, students, and faculty about the continuing changes in modern family structure and life.
—Arnold Sameroff, Ph. D. , Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Michigan