This reader examines the family through two lenses--the familiar private family, in which we live our personal lives, and the public family, in which we deal with broader societal issues, such as raising the next generation, and the care of the elderly. Consequently, these readings look both at intimate, personal concerns, such as whether to marry, as well as societal concerns, such as governmental policies that affect families. The reader corresponds exactly to and is published concurrent with Cherlin's textbook Public and Private Families: An Introduction; both the textbook and the reader have 14 chapters of the same names.
Andrew J. Cherlin is Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.S. from Yale University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. He is the author of the McGraw-Hill textbook, Public and Private Families: An Introduction. His other books include Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage (revised and enlarged edition, 1992), Divided Families: What Happens to Children when Parents Part (with Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., 1991), The Changing American Family and Public Policy (1988), and The New American Grandparent: A Place in the Family, A Life Apart (with Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., 1986). In 1989-1990 he was chair of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. In 1999 he was president of the Population Association of America, the scholarly organization for demographic research.
In 2005, Professor Cherlin was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He recived the Distinguished Career Award in 2003 from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2001, he received the Olivia S. Nordberg Award for Excellence in Writing in the Population Sciences; and in 1999, he was President of the Population Association of America. He was also received a Merit Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for his research on the effects of family structure onchildren. His recent articles include "The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage," in the Journal of Marriage and Family; "The Influence of Physical and Sexual Abuse on Marriage and Cohabitation," in the American Sociological Review; and"American Marriage in the Early Twenty-First Century," in The Future of Children.
He also has written many articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Newsweek, and other periodicals. He has been interviewed on ABC News Nightline, the Today Show, network evening news programs, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and other news programs and documentaries.
Part One: Introduction Chapter 1: Public and Private Families
* "The Family in Trouble: Since When? For Whom?" (Steven M. Tipton and John Witte, eds.)
"From Role to Self: The Emergence of Androgynous Love in the 20th Century" (Francesca M. Cancian) Chapter 2: The History of the Family
"What's Love Got To Do With It? A Brief History of Marriage." (Stephanie Coontz)
"Growing Up is Harder To Do" (Frank F. Furstenbrg, Jr. Sheela Kennedy, Vonnie C. McLoyd, Ruben G. Rumbaut, and Richard A. Setterson, Jr.)
Part Two: Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity Chapter 3: Gender and Families
"Doing Gender" (Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
* "Fathers and Emotional Responsibility" (Andrea Doucet) Chapter 4: Social Class and Families
"Ain't No Middle Class" (Susan Sheehan)
"Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black and White Families" (Annette Lareau) Chapter 5: Race, Ethnicity and Families
"'I'm here, but I'm There:' The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood" (Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila)
"Breaking the Last Taboo: Interracial Marriage in America" (Zhenchao Qian)
Part Three: Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage Chapter 6: Sexualities
"Sexual Desire and Gender" (Pepper Schwartz and Virginia Rutter)
"Living Apart Together: A New Family Form" (Irene Levin) Chapter 7: Cohabitation and Marriage
"'Everything's There Except Money': How Money Shapes Decisions to Marry Among Cohabitors" (Pamela J.Smock, Wendy D. Manning, and Meredith Porter)
"Umarried with Children" (Kathyrn Edin and Maria Kefalas) Chapter 8: Work and Families
* "The Work-Home Crunch" (Kathleen Gerson and Jerry A. Jacobs)
"Joey's Problem: Nancy and Evan Holt" (Arlie Russell Hochschild)
Part Four: Links across the Generations Chapter 9: Children and Parents
* "Religion and Domestication of Men" (Bradford Wilcox)
"Gay Parenthood and the Decline of Paternity as We Knew It" (Judith Stacey) Chapter 10: The Elderly and Their Families
"Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Increasing Importance of Multigenerational Bonds" (Vern L. Bengtson)
"Men and Women: Together and Apart in the Later Years" (Katherine S. Newman)
Part Five: Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution Chapter 11: Domestic Violence
* "A Typology of Domestic Violence" (Michael P. Johnson)
* "Controversies Surrounding Mandatory Arrest Policies and the Police Response to Intimate Partner Violence" (Amy Leisenring) Chapter 12: Divorce
"Life Without Father: What Happens to the Children" (Sara McLanahan)
* "Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives" (Joan B. Kelly and Robert E. Emery) Chapter 13: Remarriage and Stepfamilies
"The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities"
* "Beyond the Two-Parent Family: How Teenagers Fare in Cohabiting Couple and Blended Families" (Sandi Nelson, Rebecca L. Clark, and Gregory Acs)
Part Six: Family and Society Chapter 14: The Family, the State, and Social Policy
"American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare" (Jason DeParle)
"Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America's Children" (William Meezan and Jonathan Rauch)