Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities

Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities

by H. Elizabeth Peters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231144083

ISBN-13: 9780231144087

Pub. Date: 07/16/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Family life has been radically transformed over the past three decades. Half of all households are unmarried, while only a quarter of all married households have kids. A third of the nation's births are to unwed mothers, and a third of America's married men earn less than their wives. With half of all women cohabitating before they turn thirty and gay and lesbian

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Family life has been radically transformed over the past three decades. Half of all households are unmarried, while only a quarter of all married households have kids. A third of the nation's births are to unwed mothers, and a third of America's married men earn less than their wives. With half of all women cohabitating before they turn thirty and gay and lesbian couples settling down with increasing visibility, there couldn't be a better time for a book that tracks new conceptions of marriage and family as they are being formed.

The editors of this volume explore the motivation to marry and the role of matrimony in a diverse group of men and women. They compare empirical data from several emerging family types (single, co-parent, gay and lesbian, among others) to studies of traditional nuclear families, and they consider the effect of public policy and recent economic developments on the practice of marriage and the stabilization—or destabilization—of family. Approaching this topic from a variety of perspectives, including historical, cross-cultural, gendered, demographic, socio-biological, and social-psychological viewpoints, the editors highlight the complexity of the modern American family and the growing indeterminacy of its boundaries. Refusing to adhere to any one position, the editors provide an unbiased account of contemporary marriage and family.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231144087
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsList of TableAcknowledgmentsIntroduction, by Elizabeth Peters and Claire M. Kamp DushPart I Perspectives on Marriage1. Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Marriage, by Arland Thornton2. Marriage and Family: The Evolutionary Ecological Context, by Bobbi S. Low3. Gender Lens on Marriage, by Paula England4. Institutional, Companionate, and Individualistic Marriage: A Social Psychological Perspective on Marital Change, by Paul R. AmatoPart II. Contemporary Families 5. Single Parenthood and Child Well-Being: Trends, Theories, and Evidence, by Rachel Dunifon6. Cohabitation and Parenthood: Lessons from Focus Groups and In-Depth Interviews, by Wendy D. Manning, Pamela J. Smock, and Cava Bergstrom-Lynch7. Examination of Child Well-Being in Stable Single-Parent and Married Families, by Claire M. Kamp Dush8. Reconsidering the Association Between Stepfather Families and Adolescent Well-Being, by Megan M. Sweeney, Hongbo Wang, Tami M. Videon9. Parenting by Gay Men and Lesbians: Beyond the Current Research, by Gary J. Gates and Adam P. RomeroPart III. Strengthening Marriage10. Supporting Healthy Marriage: Designing a Marriage Education Demonstration and Evaluation for Low-Income Married Couples, by Virginia Knox and David Fein11. Differentiating Among Types of Domestic Violence: Implications for Healthy Marriages, by Michael P. JohnsonPart IV. Future of Marriage12. Growing Importance of Marriage in America, by Steven L. Nock13. Future of Marriage and the State: A Proposal, by Tamara Metz14. Why Won't African Americans Get (and Stay) Married? Why Should They?, by Shirley A. Hill15. Race, Immigration, and the Future of Marriage, by Daniel T. Lichter and Warren A. BrownList of ContributorsIndex

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