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David Newman re-establishes sociology of the family as a key area in undergraduate studies, and guarantees the renaissance of this once preeminent discipline within sociology. The first part of the book is constructed as a series of issues, whilst the second part provides a theoretical and scholarly overview of the discipline — enlivened by visual essays and a quality of writing never seen before in a textbook on this subject.
PART ONE: PRIVATE EXPERIENCES AND PUBLIC ISSUES
What Is a Family?
How Accurate Are Popular Images of American Families?
How Private Should Family Life Be?
How Should Individual Rights and Family Obligations be Balanced?
How do Gender and Power Influence Family Life?
How do Race, Ethnicity and Racism Affect Family Life?
How do Wealth and Poverty Determine Family Experiences?
Is the Institution of Family Breaking Down - and Society with It?
PART TWO: SOCIOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF FAMILY LIFE
The Link between Family Life and Social Science
Love, Sex and Attraction
Gender, Marriage and Work
Parenthood and Parenting
Childhood and Childrearing
Divorce and Remarriage
Family Transitions in Adulthood
Changing American Families