Understanding Family Policy: Theories and Applications / Edition 2

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Highly successful in its first edition, Understanding Family Policy, Second Edition introduces new theoretical frameworks as well as applications of theory. Zimmerman has incorporated the recent history of family policy and reinforced the link between theory and the everyday life experiences people have with the policy process. Also new to this volume are a glossary and study questions at the end of each chapter, useful for stimulating reflections and discussion on the book's twin subjects - families and family policy. An excellent resource for offering conceptual tools for analyzing family problems, policies, and consequences, this second edition is essential for students and individuals in the areas of social work and family and policy studies.

Incl. family trends in context/rational choice framework/variations on policy as rational choice/etc.

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Provides students and practitioners of social work and related professions with conceptual tools to analyze the processes by which perceptions of family problems can be converted into government policies and programs, and to determine the potential or actual consequences those processes have for families. Summarizes some current trends and models, describes several specific frameworks for both policy and families, and shows how those interact into a feedback loop with either the desired result or some other effect. The date of the first edition is not noted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803954618
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/5/1995
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Defining Family Policy 3
2 Family Trends: The Empirical Basis for Changing Family Definitions 21
3 Family Trends in Context 41
4 Competing Definitions of Family and Policy Trends: A Social Change Model 59
5 The Institutional Framework: Family Policy as the Outcome of Institutional Arrangements 89
6 The Rational Choice Framework 104
7 Variations on Policy as Rational Choice 119
8 Interest Group Theory, Elite Theory, and Systems Theory 142
9 Families as Social Systems and as Systems of Exchange and Choice 173
10 Symbolic Interaction, Family Stress Theory, Conflict Theory, Feminist and Cultural Theories 197
11 Reframing the Policy-Family Relationship So It Works Better for Families 239
References 253
Index 267
About the Author 287
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