Public and Private Families: A Reader / Edition 6

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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.

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New edition of a sociology text presenting the concepts of the private family and the public family and examining how sociologists study them. Coverage encompasses the larger social structures in which family relations are embedded, and the activities of private life such as dating, courtship, and cohabitation. The final section deals with the consequences of conflict and of inequalities of power. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073404363
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

Part 1 Introduction

1 Public and Private Families 3

The Family in Trouble: Since When? For Whom? Claude S. Fischer Michael Hout 5

From Role to Self: The Emergence of Androgynous Love in the 20th Century Francesca M. Cancian 16

2 The History of the Family 31

What's Love Got to Do with It? A Brief History of Marriage Stephanie Coontz 32

Growing Up Is Harder to Do Frank F. Furstenberg Jr. Sheela Kennedy Vonnie C. McLoyd Rub?n G. Rumbaut Richard A. Settersten Jr. 38

Part 2 Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity

3 Gender and Families 47

Doing Gender Candace West Don H. Zimmerman 49

Fathers and Emotional Responsibility Andrea Doucet 59

4 Social Class and Families 70

Ain't No Middle Class Susan Sheehan 72

Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families Annette Lareau 85

5 Race, Ethnicity, and Families 108

"I'm Here, but I'm There": The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo Ernestine Avila 110

Breaking the Last Taboo: Interracial Marriage in America Zhenchao Qian 124

Part 3 Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage

6 Sexualities 133

Sexual Desire and Gender Pepper Schwartz Virginia Rutter 134

Living Apart Together: A New Family Form Irene Levin 142

7 Cohabitation and Marriage 155

"Everything's There Except Money": How Money Shapes Decisions to Marry among Cohabitors Pamela J. Smock Wendy D. Manning Meredith Porter 157

Unmarried with Children Kathryn Edin Maria Kefalas 169

8 Work and Families 176

The Work-Home Crunch Kathleen Gerson Jerry A. Jacobs 178

Joey's Problem: Nancy and Evan Holt Arlie Hochschild 186

Part 4 Links across the Generations

9 Children and Parents 203

Religion and the Domestication of Men W. Bradford Wilcox 204

Gay Parenthood and the Decline of Paternity as we Knew It Judith Stacey 208

10 Older People and their Families 223

Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Increasing Importance of Multigenerational Bonds Vern L. Bengtson 225

Men and Women: Together and Apart in the Later Years Katherine S. Newman 236

Part 5 Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution

11 Domestic Violence 261

Control and Violence in Intimate Relationships Michael P. Johnson 263

Controversies Surrounding Mandatory Arrest Policies and the Police Response to Intimate Partner Violence Amy Leisenring 275

12 Divorce 282

Life without Father: What Happens to the Children? Sara McLanahan 283

Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives Joan B. Kelly Robert E. Emery 287

13 StepFamilies 295

The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities Mary Ann Mason 297

Beyond the Two-Parent Family: How Teenagers Fare in Cohabiting Couple and Blended Families Sandi Nelson Rebecca L. Clark Gregory Acs 308

Part 6 Family and Society

14 The Family, The State, and Social Policy 317

American Dream: Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999 Jason DeParle 319

Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America's Children William Meezan Jonathan Rauch 327

References 339

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