Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families

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Meet the men and women whose groundbreaking work elevated the field of family studies!

In Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families: The Lives and Careers of Family Scholars, you'll find 40 autobiographies written by leading scholars in sociology, family studies, psychology, and child development. Their fascinating stories demonstrate how their family experiences, educational opportunities, and occupational endeavors not only shaped the disciplines they chose but also shaped the theoretical perspectives they utilized and the topics they researched.

From the editors: “These autobiographies document the experiences of scholars from the early twentieth century to the present. The descriptions of early influences on their education, of their graduate school experiences, and of their academic career paths, provides a wealth of valuable material. Since four of these scholars have died and a number are in their eighties or older, these histories provide rich case studies on factors that influence the decision to go to college, get married, pursue an advanced degree, make specific occupational choices, and investigate certain topics. These autobiographies also detail the barriers that early women scholars in the social sciences faced.”

The scholars whose lives you will learn about in Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families include:

  • Joan Aldous
  • Katherine R. Allen
  • Pauline Boss
  • Carlfred B. Broderick
  • Wesley R. Burr
  • Catherine Street Chilman
  • Harold T. Christensen
  • Marilyn Coleman
  • Rand D. Conger
  • Randal D. Day
  • William J. Doherty
  • Evelyn Millis Duvall
  • Glen H. Elder, Jr.
  • Bernard Farber
  • Margaret Feldman
  • Mark A. Fine
  • Greer Litton Fox
  • Frank F. Furstenberg
  • Viktor Gecas
  • Harold D. Grotevant
  • Gerald Handel
  • Michael E. Lamb
  • Ralph LaRossa
  • Gary R. Lee
  • Helena Znaniecka Lopata
  • Harriette P. McAdoo
  • Hamilton McCubbin
  • Brent C. Miller
  • Phyllis Moen
  • Gerhard Neubeck
  • Gary W. Peterson
  • Ira L. Reiss
  • John Scanzoni
  • Walter R. Schumm
  • Barbara H. Settles
  • Laurence Steinberg
  • Suzanne K. Steinmetz
  • Sheldon Stryker
  • Marvin B. Sussman
  • Irv Tallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789020888
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 926
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Crossing Boundaries: An Introduction to the Lives of Family Scholars 3
A Hero's Journey: The Lifeways of a Modern Day Asclepius 9
My Autobiography 41
In Search of Resiliency in Families: Vision Quest of a Native Hawaiian Family Scholar 49
Life as a Sociologist 85
My Biographical Self: A Brief Sketch 105
Exploring and Defining Early Social Ecologies and Their Impact: Mothers, Fathers, Families and Cultures 121
Overcoming Obstacles - Challenges to Life and Scholarship 143
Now Take My Life - Please! 149
By the Book: An Academic Memoir 179
Living the Literature: Keeping My Family in Family Sociology 201
Aspirations and Possibilities: Coming to Terms with Other People's Reality 215
Constructing a LifeCourse 239
Following a Non-Linear Career Path: Dietetics + Child Development + Special Education = Family Studies 253
Environmental and Family Influences Shaping Family Scholars 275
An Autobiographical Sketch 281
How I Got This Way: Memoirs of a Liberal 305
The Autobiography of a Sex Researcher: Short Version 331
My Family and Me: A 20th Century Saga 367
A Personal and Intellectual Journey 405
My Life Story: Reflections of an Early Family Scholar 427
Families, Social Change, and Individual Lives 451
Making the World Safe for Difference 467
Intersections: Unique Career Paths to Studying Families 481
Toward Understanding Families as Groups 489
The Importance of Serendipity 511
Continuities and Diversities 529
Coming Full Circle: From Volunteer to Professional 549
The Social Construction of a Family Sociologist 575
Orchestrating Differences: The Making of a Family Psychologist 593
Reflections of a Psychologist Turned Relationship/Family Scientist 609
Soft Ideas and Hard Methods: Family Sociologist or Social Psychologist? 623
The Admiral's Son with an Independent Spirit 635
Trying to Make Sense of Self: A Work in Progress 661
Independent Spirits 697
Evelyn Duvall's Life 703
Migration into Middle Class: Social Capital at Work 721
How a Kid from the North Woods Got Lucky 741
Mountains, Mormonism, Marriage, and Family: Life and Career Reflections 757
The Way Things Were and Still Are 773
Observing Families: Their Contexts and Consequences 791
An Interest in Lost Persons 809
Threads in My Professional Career 823
Life Course Reflections 835
Everyday Life in Family Scholarship and Family Life: Sketches and Interpretations 845
Index 869
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