Race and Family: A Structural Approach / Edition 1

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In Race and Family: A Structural Approach, author Roberta L. Coles looks at ethnic minority families in a novel way— through a structural lens. Unlike many texts on race and family, this book offers an approach that illustrates overarching structural factors affecting all families as opposed to examining each ethnicity in isolation from one another. By focusing on various structural factors such as demographic, economic, and historical aspects, this book analyzes various family trends in a cross-cutting manner to exemplify the similarities and distinctions among all racial and ethnic groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761988649
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 510,135
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberta L. Coles received her Ph D in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She first taught a course on race and family while a Ph D candidate and has continued teaching a similar course at Marquette University, where she is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences. She teaches courses on family, race and family, race and ethnic relations, gender, social inequality, and urban neighborhoods and serves as an adviser to sociology and family studies majors. Her family-related research has focused on African American single fathers and on Turkish elderly. Her work in these areas has been published in the Journal of Aging Studies, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Families in Society, Journal of African American Men, and the Western Journal of Black Studies.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Introduction
Overview of text
Discussion of key concepts
Ch. 2. Approaching the Study of Race and Family
Economic Factors
Demographic Factors
Historical-legal factors
Ch. 3. A Brief History of the American Family
American Families through the Centuries
Ch. 4. Cross-cultural Comparisons
Social or Legal Marriage
Marriage types and choices
Marriage as a family affair
Family power systems
Family Functions
Ch. 5. Family Structures
Extended Family Households
Nuclear family households
Single-parent families
Nonfamily households
Ch. 6. Gender Relations and Sex Ratios
Gender stereotypes and roles
Sex ratios
African American gender issues
Latina/o gender issues
Asian American gender issues
Native American gender issues
Domestic Violence
Ch. 7. Intergenerational Relations: Parent and Child
Individual and communal orientations
Effects of socioeconomic status on children’s well-being
Racial socialization
Cultural rituals that contribute to racial socialization
Ch. 8. Intergenerational Relations in Late Life: The Elderly, Their Adult Children and Grandchildren
Intergenerational interaction
Illness and death
Ch. 9. African American Families
How did slavery shape Black American families?
African American families after slavery
African American families today
Ch. 10. Native American Families
Looking back in history
The state of American Indians and their families today
Ch. 11. Latino American Families
Manner and timing of entry
Similarities among Hispanic families
Divergent trends among Latino ethnic groups
Ch. 12. Asian American Families
East Asians in America
Southeast Asians in America
Asian American families today
Ch. 13. Acculturation and Multiracial Family Issues
Multiracial issues
Bi- or multi-racial identity
Transracial adoption

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