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Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints / Edition 7
     

Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints / Edition 7

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by Nijole V. Benokraitis
 

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ISBN-10: 0205735363

ISBN-13: 9780205735365

Pub. Date: 01/29/2010

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Changes, Choices, and Constraints

Marriages and Families offers students a comprehensive introduction to many issues facing families in the twenty- first century.

The text's major theme "Changes, Choices, and Constraints" explores:

Contemporary changes in families and their structure

Overview

Changes, Choices, and Constraints

Marriages and Families offers students a comprehensive introduction to many issues facing families in the twenty- first century.

The text's major theme "Changes, Choices, and Constraints" explores:

Contemporary changes in families and their structure

Impacts on the choices that are available to family members

Constraints that often limit our choices

Through this approach, students are better able to understand what the research and statistics mean for themselves! Marriages and Families balances theoretical and empirical discussions with practical examples and applications. It highlights important contemporary changes in society and the family. This text is written from a sociological perspective and incorporates material from other disciplines: history, economics, social work, psychology, law, biology, medicine, family studies, women's studies, and anthropology.

More about the themes:

Changes

Examines how recent profound structural and attitudinal changes affect family forms, interpersonal relationships, and raising children. It reaches beyond the traditional discussions to explore racial-ethnic families, single-parent families and gay families as well as the recent scholarship by and about men, fathers, and grandfathers. Contemporary American marriages and families vary greatly in structure, dynamics, and cultural heritage. Thus, discussions of gender roles, social class, race, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation are integrated throughout this book. To further strengthen students understanding of the growing diversity among today's families, the author included a series of boxes that focus on families from many cultures.

Choices

On the individual level, family members have many more choices today than ever before. People feel freer to postpone marriage, to cohabit, or to raise children as single parents. As a result, household forms vary greatly, ranging from commuter marriages to those in which several generations live together under the same roof.

Constraints

Although family members choices are more varied today, we also face greater macro- level constraints. Our options are increasingly limited, for example, by government policies. Economic changes often shape family life and not vice versa. Political and legal institutions also have a major impact on most families in tax laws, welfare reform, and even in defining what a family is. Because laws, public policies, and religious groups affect our everyday lives, the author has framed many discussions of individual choices within the larger picture of the institutional constraints that limit our choices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205735365
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
01/29/2010
Series:
MyFamilyLab Series
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Boxed Featuresxiii
Prefacexv
About the Authorxxi
Part 1Marriage and the Family in Perspective
Chapter 1The Changing Family1
Chapter 2Studying Marriage and the Family26
Chapter 3The Family in Historical Perspective49
Part 2The Individual and the Developing Relationship
Chapter 4Gender Roles and Socialization72
Chapter 5Love and Loving Relationships105
Chapter 6Sexuality and Sexual Expression throughout Life130
Part 3Individual and Marital Commitments
Chapter 7Choosing Others: Dating and Mate Selection164
Chapter 8Singlehood, Cohabitation, and Other Nonmarital Living Arrangements192
Chapter 9Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships215
Part 4Parents and Children
Chapter 10To Be or Not to Be a Parent: More Choices, More Constraints244
Chapter 11Raising Children: Prospects and Pitfalls275
Chapter 12Racial and Ethnic Families: Strengths and Stresses304
Part 5Conflicts and Crises
Chapter 13Families and Work: Facing the Economic Squeeze332
Chapter 14Family Violence and Other Crisis-Related Issues365
Chapter 15Separation and Divorce395
Part 6Changes and Transitions
Chapter 16Remarriage and Stepfamilies: Life after Divorce425
Chapter 17Aging and Family Life: Grandparents, the Widowed, and Caregivers449
Chapter 18The Family in the Twenty-first Century476
Appendices
ASexual Anatomy490
BSexual Problems, Dysfunctions, and Treatment492
CConception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth494
DBirth-control and Disease-prevention Techniques498
EHIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases502
FPremarital and Nonmarital Agreements505
Glossary507
References512
Photo Credits551
Name Index552
Subject Index562

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