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Overview

Written by one one of the leading authorities in the field,PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FAMILIES examines the family through two lenses,the familiar private family in which we live most of our lives and the public family where we,as adults,deal with broader societal issues such as the care of the elderly,the increase in divorce,and childbearing outside of marriage. Thus the books looks at both intimate personal concerns,such as whether to marry,and societal concerns,such as government policies that affect families.
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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: 9780073528083
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.17 (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

List of Boxes
Preface
1 Public and Private Families 3
2 The History of the Family 31
3 Gender and Families 67
4 Social Class and Families 99
5 Race, Ethnicity, and Families 125
6 The Family, the State, and Social Policy 159
7 Sexuality and Love 187
8 Paths to Family Formation 221
9 Spouses and Partners 259
10 Work and Families 287
11 Domestic Violence 319
12 Divorce 349
13 Remarriage 379
14 Children and Parents 407
15 The Elderly and Their Families 445
16 Social Change and Families 477
Glossary 505
Acknowledgments 511
Photo Credits 515
Index 517
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