Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society / Edition 7

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This bestselling text on marriages, families, and relationships combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: "Making choices in a diverse society." The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological, or ecological and family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use warmth, humor, and an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and family forms.

Describes family commitments, gender identities, becoming partners, parenting, managing family stress, divorce, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534525071
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Sociology - Intro Level
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 700

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Lamanna is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University (St. Louis) in political science, her master's degree in sociology (minor in psychology) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of EMILE DURKHEIM ON THE FAMILY (Sage, 2002) and co-author of a book on Vietnamese refugees. She has published numerous articles in law, sociology, and medical humanities journals. Research and teaching interests include family, reproduction, and gender and law. Other research has concerned the sociology of literature, specifically "novels of terrorism," and a sociological analysis of Marcel Proust's novel IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME.

Agnes Riedmann is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Stanislaus. She attended Clarke College, Dubuque. She received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University and her doctorate from the University of Nebraska. Her professional areas of interest are theory, family, and the sociology of body image. She is author of Science That Colonizes: A Critique of Fertility Studies in Africa (Temple University Press, 1993). Dr. Riedmann spent academic year 2008-09 as a Fulbright Professor at the Graduate School for Social Research, affiliated with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, where she taught courses in family, as well as in social policy and in globalization.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: A NEW LOOK AT FAMILIAR WORLDS. 1. FAMILY COMMITMENTS: MAKING CHOICES IN A CHANGING SOCIETY. Defining Family. The Freedom and Pressures of Choosing. Social Influences and Personal Choices. Making Choices. A Family of Individuals. Marriages and Families: Four Themes. 2. EXPLORING THE FAMILY. Theoretical Perspectives on the Family. Studying Families. 3. OUR GENDERED IDENTITIES. Gendered Identities. Is Anatomy Destiny? Gender and Socialization. Gender in Adult Lives. PART TWO: BECOMING PARTNERS. 4. LOVING OURSELVES AND OTHERS. Personal Ties in an Impersonal Society. What is Love? Two Things Love Isn't. Self-Esteem as a Prerequisite to Loving. Love as a Discovery. 5. OUR SEXUAL SELVES. Sexual Development and Orientation. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Sexuality. Negotiating (Hetero)sexual Expression. Sexuality throughout Marriage. Sex as a Pleasure Bond. Sexual Expression and HIV/AIDS. Platform and Pulpit. Sexual Responsibility. 6. BEING SINGLE: ALONE AND WITH OTHERS. Changing Attitudes Toward Marriage and Singlehood. The Variety of Singles. Income and Residential Patterns of Singles. Domestic Arrangements of Singles. Aloneness, Loneliness, and Life Satisfaction. PART THREE: DEFINING YOUR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY. 7. CHOOSING EACH OTHER. Love and Marriage? Courtship in a Free-Choice Society. The Marriage Market. Homogamy: Narrowing the Pool of Eligibles. Marriage: When and Why. 8. MARRIAGE: A UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP. Marriage and Kinship. Five Marriage Relationships. The Marriage Premise. Should Same-Sex Couples Marry? A Matter of Choices throughout Life. Static versus Flexible Marriages. Contracting for Flexibility: A Contradiction? 9. COMMUNICATIONAND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES. Families as Powerful Environments. Conflict and Love. Communication and Couple Satisfaction. Supportive Couple Communication and Conflict Management. Bonding Fights: Some Guidelines. Changing Fighting Habits. The Myth of Conflict-Free Conflict. Family Cohesion. 10. POWER AND VIOLENCE IN MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES. What Is Power? Conjugal Power and Resources. Diversity, and Conjugal Power. Some American Couples. Power Politics versus No-Power Relationships. Family Violence. PART FOUR: EXPERIENCING FAMILY COMMITMENT. 11. TO PARENT OR NOT TO PARENT. Fertility Trends in the United States. The Decision to Parent or Not to Parent. Three Emerging Options. Preventing Pregnancy: History and Issues. Pregnancy outside Marriage. Abortion. Involuntary Infertility. Adoption. 12. PARENTS AND CHILDREN OVER THE LIFE COURSE. Parents in Modern America. Mothers and Fathers: Images and Reality. The Family in an Unpredictable Economy. Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Parenting. Gay Male and Lesbian Parents. Stages of Parenting. The Parenting Process. When Parents and Child Grow Older. Toward Better Parent-Child Relationships. 13. WORK AND FAMILY. The Labor Force: A Social Invention. The Traditional Model: Provider Husbands and Homemaking Wives. Women in the Labor Force. Two-Earner Marriages: Newer Provider-Caregiving Options. Unpaid Family Work. Juggling Employment and Unpaid Family Work. Social Policy, Work, and Family. The Two-Earner Marriage and the Relationship. 14. DIVORCE. Today's High U.S. Divorce Rate. Why More Couples Are Divorcing. Thinking About Divorce: Weighing the Alternatives. Getting the Divorce. The Economic Consequences of Divorce. Her and His Divorce. Forming Families: The Next Generation. Should Divorces be Harder to Get? 15. REMARRIAGES. Remarriage: Some Basic Facts. Choosing Partners the Next Time: Variations on a Theme. Spouses' Happiness and Stability in Remarriage. Remarried Families: A Normless Norm. Stepparenting: A Challenge in Remarriage. Creating Supportive Stepfamilies. 16. MANAGING FAMILY STRESS AND CRISES. What Precipitates a Family Crisis? Family Transitions as Stressors. The Course of a Family Crisis. Theories of Family Crisis and Adaptation. Meeting Crises Creatively. Crisis: Disaster or Opportunity? APPENDICES. Appendix A: Human Sexual Anatomy. Appendix B: Human Sexual Response. Appendix C: Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. Appendix D: High-Tech Fertility. Appendix E: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Appendix F: Sexual Dysfunctions and Therapy. Appendix G: Marriage and Close. Relationship Counseling. Appendix H: Managing a Family Budget.
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