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This best-selling book introduces key theoretical perspectives on families, reflects the most current data and research, and uses cross-cultural comparisons to present the most comprehensive coverage of the family. The book uses a variety of theoretical frameworks (structural/functionalist, conflict, interactionist, exchange, developmental, and feminist) to describe and analyze society's contemporary families and diverse, nontraditional lifestyles. Separate chapters look at variations among American families by race and social class. For sociologists and those involved with counseling, teaching or social work centered on the family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205454501
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/10/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Summary,” “Key Topics and Terms,” “Discussion Questions,” and “Further Readings.”



1. Marriage and Family: Disciplinary and Theoretical Approaches.
Disciplines Involved in Family Study.
Social Science Approach to the Family.
Nature of Research and Theoretical Frames of Reference.
Theories and Frames of Reference.
Appraisal and Expansion of Contemporary Family Theory.

2. Marriage, Family, and Kinship Organization.
Family as a Social Institution.
Families as Groups and Systems.
Characteristics of Marriage, Family, and Kinship Groups.

3. The Family and Other Systems: A Focus on Work.
Relations Between the Family and Other Systems.
Work Roles of Family Members.


4. U.S. Families: Characteristics, Change and Issues.
Characteristics of U.S. Families.
Today's Families: Significant Changes.
Issues in U.S. Families.

5. African American Families.
African-American Family System.

6. Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American Families.
Hispanic American Family System.
Asian-American Family System.
Native American Family System.

7. Social Class Variations in U.S. Families.
Meaning of Social Class.
Determination of Social Class.
Consequences of Social Class to Families.
Social Categories of Families.
Single Parents andPoverty.
Social Mobility: Changing Family Life Styles.


8. Patterns in the Selection of Intimate Partners.
Homogamy and Endogamy in the Selection of Partners.
Social/Structural Characteristics.

9. Explanations of Partner Selection.
Arranged Marriage versus Free Choice of Intimate Partners.
Individualistic Explanations of Partner Selection.
Sociocultural Explanations of Partner Selection.
Processes of Status Change: Single to Married.
Nonmarital Cohabitation.

10. Sexual Norms and Relationships.
Social Regulation of Sexual Relationships.
Biological versus Sociological Approaches to Sexual Behavior.
The Social Dimensions of Sexuality.
Nonmarital Sexual Behavior.
Premarital Sexual Intercourse.
Sex and Marriage.
Extramarital Sex.


11. The Marital System.
Marriage and Marriage-Like Relationships.
Marriage Trends and Characteristics.
Power in Conjugal and Intimate Relationships.
Marital Quality.

12. The Parental System.
Transition to Parenthood.
Social Consequences of Parenthood.
Young and Unwed Parenthood.
Family Size and Related Factors.

13. Parent-Child Interaction and Socialization.
Socialization of Parents and Children.
Theories of Socialization Processes.
Socialization in Adolescence and Beyond.
Gender Identity and Sex-Role Socialization.

14. The Aging Family.
Postparental Period: The Middle Years.
Grandparent Status.
Families of Later Life and People who Are Aged.
Common Problems of People who Are Aged.
Socialization in Later Life.
Dying and Death.
Widows and Widowers.


15. Family Violence.
Social Stresses on Families.
Violence in Families and Among Intimates.

16. Divorce and Remarriage.
Desertion and Marital Separation.
Divorce Around the World.
Divorce in the United States.
Remarriages and Stepfamilies.

17. Family Social Policy.
Meaning and Use of Family Policy.
Research on Family Policy.
Issues Surrounding Family Policy.
Future of the Family System.


Name Index. @CHAPTER= Subject Index.

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