Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families / Edition 3

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This anthology 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. 32 out of the 50 selections included are new to this edition.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780072825855
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/14/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

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

—Gittins examines how the family has been defined in both the anthropological and sociological literature.

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

—Baca Zinn argues that the family is socially constructed and influenced by race-ethnicity, social class, and gender.

3. Kath Weston, Exiles from Kinship

—Weston challenges traditional definitions of family by examining the meaning of families among gays and lesbians.

*4. Daniel T. Lichter and Zhenchao Qian, Marriage and Family in a Multiracial Society

—Lichter and Qian provide an overview of current issues and data related to families in the United States.


5. Stephanie Coontz, Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity

—Coontz provides an historical overview of family diversity in Europe and in the United States.

*6. Shirley Hill, Black Families: Beyond Revisionist Scholarship

-Hill examines how family scholarship has conceptualized and problematized African American families in the United States.

7. Richard Griswold del Castillo, La Familia: Family Cohesion Among Mexican American Families in the Urban Southwest, 1848-1900.

—Griswold del Castillo uses census data to examine historical patterns of family solidarity and kinship networks in Mexican American households.

8. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Split Household, Small Producer, and Dual Wage Earner: An Analysis of Chinese American Family Strategies

—Nakano Glenn examines the cultural andinstitutional constraints that have influenced how Chinese Americans have structured their families over time.


9. Martin King Whyte, Choosing Mates—The American Way

—Whyte examines the history of courtship and dating in the United States.

*10. Marcela Raffaelli and Lenna L. Ontai, ‘She’s 16 Years Old and There’s Boys Calling Over to the House’: An Exploratory Study of Sexual Socialization in Latino Families

—Raffaelli and Ontai explore family socialization of adolescent romantic and sexual behavior among Latinas.

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

—Savin-Williams examines the dating behavior among lesbian, bisexual, and gay adolescents.


*12. Andrew J. Cherlin, The Deinstitutionalization of Marriage

—Cherlin examines the weakening of social norms in the institution of marriage.

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

—Cam Thai interviews Vietnamese American men, who have marriages arranged for them in Vietnam, and the Vietnamese women they are betrothed to.

14. Pepper Schwartz, Peer Marriage

—Schwartz reports on her research of gender and power dynamics in modern marriages.

*15. Judith A. Seltzer, Families Formed Outside of Marriage

—Seltzer reviews recent research on cohabitation.

*16. Gretchen A. Stiers, From This Day Forward: Commitment, Marriage, and Family in Lesbian and Gay Relationships

—Stiers interviews 90 lesbian and gay couples to discover what are the meanings of commitment ceremonies and marriages.


17. Maris A. Vinovskis, Historical Perspectives on Parent-Child Interactions

—Vinovskis summarizes the major changes in parent-child relationships during the past 400 years.

18. Stephen D. Sugarman, Single-Parent Families

—Sugarman provides an overview of the diversity of and policies about single parent families.

*19. Judith Stacey and Timothy J. Biblarz, (How) Does The Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?

—Stacey and Biblarz examine the cases for and against lesbian and gay parenthood.

*20. Vern L. Bengston, Timothy J. Biblarz, and Robert E.L. Roberts, How Families Still Matter: A Longitudinal Study of Youth in Two Generations

—Bengston et al. examine how family influences on children have changed over three decades.

*21. Annette Lareau, Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families

—Lareau’s research examines social class differences in parenting and childrearing in African American and white families.



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

—Collins argues that family scholars need to placethe voices and experiences of women of color at the center of feminist research on motherhood.

*23. Rochelle L. Dalla and Wendy C. Gamble, Teenage Mothering on the Navajo Reservation: An Examination of Intergenerational Perceptions and Beliefs

—Dalla and Gamble investigate the attitudes and relationships toward teen parenting among two generations of Navajo and other individuals in the Navajo community.

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

—Salazar Parrenas investigates the effects oftransnational work on Filipina mothers and their families.


*25. Scott Coltrane, Fathering: Paradoxes, Contradictions, and Dilemmas

—Coltrane reviews various fathering practices and the current research on father involvement.

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

—Hamer examines the meaning of fatherhood among low-income African American men.

*27. William Marsiglio, Overlooked Aspects of Stepfathering

—Marsiglio interviews stepfathers to discover the less obvious ways stepfathers influence their stepchildren’s lives.


*28. Lynne M. Casper and Suzanne M. Bianchi, Grandparenting

—Casper and Bianchi provide a detailed review of grandparenting and multigenerational relationships in the United States.

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

—Bahr compares grandparenting in the Apache and Anglo American cultures.

*30. Luisa Margolies, My Mother’s Hip: Lessons from the World of Eldercare

—Margolies examines the elderly parent carework done by children, primarily daughters.


*31. Constance Ahrons, No Easy Answers: Why the Popular View of Divorce is Wrong

—Ahrons challenges seven popular misconceptions about divorce in the United States.

32. Terry Arendell, The Social Self as Gendered: A Masculinist Discourse of Divorce

—Arendell reports her findings on divorce and how it affects men and their gender identities.

33. Nathalie Friedman, Divorced Parents and the Jewish Community

-Friedman examines how divorce impacts ties to the Jewish community.

34. Paul R. Amato, Life-Span Adjustment of Children to Their Parent’s Divorce

—Amato reviews all of the research related to the effects of divorce on children.

*35. Mary Ann Mason, The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities

—Mason provides an overview of stepfamilies in law and public policy.


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

—Yllo examines family violence through a feminist lens.

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

—Krishnan and Baig-Amin utilize focus groups togain a better understanding of how South Asian women perceive and experience domestic violence.

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

—Renzetti provides an overview of lesbian battering and suggestions for changes in services for survivors of abuse.

*39. Ola Barnett, Cindy L. Miller-Perrin,and Robin D. Perrin, Abuse of Elders

-Barnett et al. examine the definitions, prevalence, and patterns of elder abuse.


*40. Kathleen Gerson and Jerry A. Jacobs, The Work-Home Crunch

—Gerson and Jacobs compare individual work time to total family work time to determine why Americans feel overworked.

41. Arlie Hochschild, The Emotional Geography of Work and Family Life

-Hochschild studies a Fortune 500 company to see how people are balancing their work and family lives.

*42. Ann Crittenden, The Mommy Tax

—Crittenden examines the income discrimination faced by working mothers.

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

—Carrington interviews gay, lesbian, and bisexual families to discover how kinwork is delineated.

*44. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel, Caring For Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United States

—Clawson and Gerstel compare child care availability and quality in Europe and the United States.


*45. Mark Rank, As American as Apple Pie: Poverty and Welfare

—Rank investigates why most Americans will experience poverty at some point in their lives.

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

—Hays examines the quagmire of welfare reform and the effects it has on poor families.

*47. Demie Kurz, Poor Mothers and the Care of Teenage Children

—Kurz interviews poor women to discover what parenting challenges they face in raising teenage children.

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

—Rainwater and Smeeding propose several policies to reduce child poverty in the United States.
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