Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families / Edition 4

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Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families explores the issues and diversity of contemporary families, presenting balanced coverage of racial and ethnic variation and discussing a wide variety of family arrangements and processes. 25 out of the 54 selections included are new to this edition.
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Presents 48 articles on the family brought together to meet four pedagogical roles: to deconstruct the notion of a universal family over time and across culture; to reflect cutting-edge scholarship by well-known family scholars; to integrate race-ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in the analysis; and to promote critical reading and thinking. Several family forms, including arranged marriages, cohabitation, heterosexual marriages, single parent households, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families are treated throughout the text in a conscious effort to demarginalize the "alternative" family. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073404233
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 5/21/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 314,657
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

* indicates new reading
I. Introduction to the Study of Families

1. Diana Gittins, "The Family in Question: What is the Family? Is It Universal?"

2. Maxine Baca Zinn, "Feminist Rethinking from Racial-Ethnic Families"

*3. Maureen Sullivan, "The Emergence of Lesbian-Coparent Families in Postmodern Society"

*4. Frank F. Furstenberg, "Values, Policy, and the Family"
II. Historical Changes and Family Variations

5. Stephanie Coontz, "Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity"

*6. Bonnie Thornton Dill, "Fictive Kin, Paper Sons, and Compradazgo"

*7. Shirley Hill, "The Politics of Theorizing Black Families: Old Debates, New Directions"

*8. Karen Pyke, "'The Normal American Family' as an Interpretive Structure of Family Life among Grown children of Korean and Vietnamese Immigrants"

*9. Rae Lesser Blumberg, "Gender, Economy, and Kinship in Complex Households among Six U.S. Ethnic Groups"
III. Courtship, Dating, and Power

10. Martin King Whyte, Choosing Mates--The American Way

*11. Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth A. Armstrong, "Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood: Double Binds and Flawed Options"

12. Ritch C. Savin-Williams, "Dating and Romantic Relationships Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youths"

*13. Monisha Pasupathi, "Arranged Marriages: What's Love Got to Do With It?"
IV. Marriage, Cohabitation, and Partnership

14. Andrew J. Cherlin, "The Deinstitutionalization of Marriage"

*15. Melanie Heath, "State of Our Unions: Marriage Promotion and the Contested Power of Heterosexuality"

*16. Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian, "Marriage: The Good, the Bad, and the Greedy"

17. Hung Cam Thai, "Clashing Dreams: Highly Educated Overseas Brides and Low-Wage U.S. Husbands"

18. Judith A. Seltzer, "Families Formed Outside of Marriage"

*19. Irene Levin, "Living Apart Together: A New Family Form"

20. Gretchen A. Stiers, "From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage, and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships"
V. Motherhood and Fatherhood


21. Patricia Hill Collins, "Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing about Motherhood"

22. Rachel Salazar Parrenas, "Mothering From a Distance: Emotions, Gender, and Intergenerational Relations in Filipino Transnational Families"

*23. Teresa Toguchi Swartz, "Mothering for the State: Foster Parenting and the Challenges of Government-Contracted Carework"


24. Scott Coltrane, "Fathering: Paradoxes, Contradictions, and Dilemmas"

25. Jennifer Hamer, "What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away From Their Children"

*26. Rosanna Hertz, "The Father as an Idea"
VI. Parents and Parenting, Children and Childrearing

*27. Karen V. Hansen, "Not-so-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care"

*28. Ellen E. Pinderhughes and Brenda Jones Harden, "Beyond the Birth Family: African American Children Reared by Alternative Caregivers"

*29. Katherin M. Flower Kim, "Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children"

30. Judith Stacey and Timothy J. Biblarz, "How) Does The Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?"

31. Annette Lareau, "Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families"

*32. Allison J. Pugh, "Consumption as Care and Belonging: Economies of Dignity in Children's Daily Lives"
VII. Grandparents and Multigenerational Relationships

33. Lynne M. Casper and Suzanne M. Bianchi, "Grandparenting"

34. Kathleen S. Bahr, "The Strengths of Apache Grandmothers: Observations on Commitment, Culture, and Caretaking"

35. Luisa Margolies, "My Mother's Hip: Lessons from the World of Eldercare"
VIII. Divorce, Remarriage, and Blended Families

*36. Michele Adams and Scott Coltrane, "Framing Divorce Reform: Media, Morality, and the Politics of Family"

*37. Carrie Yodanis, "Divorce Culture and Marital Gender Equality: A Cross-National Study"

*38. Susan Walzer and Thomas P. Oles, "Accounting for Divorce: Gender and Uncoupling Narratives"

39. Mary Ann Mason, "The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities"

40. William Marsiglio, "Overlooked Aspects of Stepfathering"
IX. Families and Violence

41. Kersti A. Yllo, "Through a Feminist Lens: Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework"

42. Staya P. Krishnan and Malahat Baig-Amin et al., "Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Domestic Violence Against South Asian Women in the United States"

43. Claire M. Renzetti, "Toward a Better Understanding of Lesbian Battering"

44. Ola Barnett, Cindy L. Miller-Perrin, and Robin D. Perrin, "Abuse of Elders"
X. Families, Work, and Carework

45. Kathleen Gerson and Jerry A. Jacobs, "The Work-Home Crunch"

*46. Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy, "Fast Track Women and the 'Choice' to Stay Home"

*47. Joanna Dreby, "Negotiating Work and Parenting over the Life Course: Mexican Family Dynamics in a Binational Context"

*48. Veronica Tichenor, "Gendered Bargain: Why Wives Cannot Trade Their Money for Housework"

49. Christopher Carrington, "No Place Like Home: The Division of Domestic Labor in Lesbigay Families"

*50. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, "Creating a Caring Society"
XI. Families and Poverty

51. Mark Rank, "As American as Apple Pie: Poverty and Welfare"

52. Sharon Hays, "Flat Broke With Children: The Ground Level Results of Welfare Reform"

*53. Kathyrn Edin and Maria Kefalas, "Unmarried with Children"

*54. Lee Rainwater and Timothy M. Smeeding, "Is There Hope for America's Low-Income Children?"
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