Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender, Love, and Property / Edition 5

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This sociological analysis of the system of marriage and family focuses on the family as an institution in society. It uniquely encompasses many facets of society, and students are able to learn about family seen through a cultural and historical perspective. The book sets a high conceptual standard, but uses informal writing and minimal jargon. It presents the perspectives of critical and questioning academics (feminists, progressives, anti-racists, independent-thinkers, cross-disciplinary types, etc.) within a scholarly, well-researched text. It addresses a host of real world issues and practical concerns.

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New edition of a text covering comparative and historical perspectives; diversity in modern families; love, marriage, and childbearing; family realities--housework, violence, relationships; and family changes--divorce & remarriage, life transitions, and the future of the family. The aim is increased understanding of sociological principles as well as increased understanding of and preparation for adult life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534579609
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/25/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Coltrane has written about the inter-relationships among fatherhood, motherhood, marriage, parenting, domestic labor, popular culture, ethnicity, and structural inequality. Results of his research have been published in various scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Sex Roles, and Gender and Society. Professor Coltrane is author of Gender and Families, Family Man, and coauthor (with Randall Collins) of Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender, Love, and Property. Dr. Coltrane serves as Associate Director of the UCR Center for Family Studies and is Co-Principal Investigator (with Ross D. Parke) of FAMILIES FIRST, an NIH funded longitudinal study of Mexican-American and European-American families. He is the 2000/2001 President of the Pacific Sociological Association.

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Table of Contents

1. Explaining Families. 2. The Social Ingredients of Families. 3. From Kinship Politics to Patriarchal Households. 4. The Love Revolution and the Rise of Feminism. 5. Twentieth-Century Families. 6. Families and Social Class. 7. Race, Ethnicity, and Families. 8. Love and Marriage Markets. 9. Erotic Ties: Marital and Non-Marital Sex. 10. Contraception, Childbearing, and Birth. 11. Housework, Power, and Marital Satisfaction. 12. Family Violence. 13. Divorce and Remarriage. 14. Life Transitions. 15. The Future of Families.

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