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Families as They Really Are goes to the heart of the family values debate by reframing the question about families from 'Are they breaking down?' to 'Where are they going, how, and why?' Essays in the book are not reprints; you won't find them anywhere else. Each article is a new contribution to the research and theory about families, drawn from an interdisciplinary community of experts. The four parts of Families as They Really Are focus on how we got to where we are today, what's happening in relationships, youth in the 21st century, and the state of the gender revolution.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Springing Forward from the Past|
|Springing Forward from the Past|
|One Thousand and Forty-Nine Reasons Why It's Hard to Know When a Fact is a Fact|
|When Is a Relationship between Facts a Causal One?|
|Uncovering Hidden Facts That Matter in Interpreting Individuals' Behaviors: An Ethnographic Lens|
|In the News: Not Much Sense in Those Census Stories|
|How We Got Here|
|The Evolution of American Families|
|American Childhood as a Social and Cultural Construct|
|In the News: A "Golden Age" of Childhood? (Christian Science Monitor)|
|In the News: How We Took the Child Out of Childhood (New York Times)|
|African Americans and the Birth of the Modern Marriage|
|Families "In Law" and Families "In Practice": Does the Law Recognize Families as They Really Are?|
|Briefing Paper: Will Providing Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage? Evidence from Scandinavia|
|In the News: Experts Question European Studies Cited in FMA Debate|
|Interracial Families in Post-Civil Rights America|
|Briefing Paper: The Steady Rise of Nontraditional Romantic Unions: The Case of Interracial and Intercultural Marriage|
|In the News: Interracial Marriage: A Cultural Taboo Fades|
|Making Families and Intimate Relationships in the 21st Century|
|Why Is Everyone Afraid of Sex?|
|Manning New Couples, New Families: The Cohabitation Revolution in the United States|
|Parenting Adult Children in the 21st Century|
|Briefing Paper: Marriage Reduces Social Ties|
|In the News: The Greedy Marriage: Two Scholars Argue That Good Spouses Can Make Bad Neighbors|
|The Case for Divorce|
|In the News: How to Stay Married (Times of London)|
|Briefing Paper: The Impact of Divorce on Children's Behavior Problems|
|In the News: Divorce May Not Cause Kids' Bad Behavior|
|In the News: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Divorce|
|Briefing Paper: How Do They Do That? Estimating the Proportion of Marriages That End in Divorce|
|Briefing Paper: Marriage, Poverty, and Public Policy|
|In the News: A Poor Excuse for Marriage|
|From Outlaws to In-Laws: Gay and Lesbian Couples in Contemporary Society|
|Independent Women: Equality in African American Lesbian Relationships|
|Fact Sheet: Myths and Realities about Same-Sex Families|
|Etiony Aldarondo and Edward Ameen, The Immigration Kaleidoscope: Knowing the Immigrant Family Next Door|
|In the News: The Picture-Perfect American Family? These Days, It Doesn't Exist|
|Unequal Beginnings: Social Class and America's Children|
|Beyond Family Structure: Family Process Studies Help to Reframe Debates about What's Good for Children|
|Opinion Piece: A Mother's Day Gift That Makes a Real Difference|
|Fact Sheet: Military Childcare: A Government Success Story|
|Diverging Development: The Not-So-Invisible Hand of Social Class in the United States|
|Briefing Paper: Unequal Childhoods: Inequalities in the Rhythms of Daily Life|
|In the News: Both Sides of Inequality (New York Times)|
|Not Just Provide and Reside: Engaged Fathers in Low-Income Families|
|Briefing Paper: Unmarried Couples with Children: Why Don't They Marry? How Can Policy-Makers Promote More Stable Relationships?|
|In the News: Marital Mythology: Why the New Crisis in Marriage Isn't|
|In the News: Book Examines Trend of Unmarried Parents (National Public Radio)|
|In the News: It Takes a Wedding (New York Times)|
|Melina Dimitriou, and Lisa Dressner, Rituals as Tools of Resistance-From Survival to Liberation|
|The Unfinished Gender Revolution|
|Betwixt and Be Tween: Gender Contradictions among Middle Schoolers|
|Orgasm in College Hookups and Relationships|
|Falling Back on Plan B: The Children of the Gender Revolution Face Uncharted Territory|
|Changing Men's Contribution to Family Work|
|Briefing Paper: Men's Changing Contribution to Housework and Child Care|
|In the News: Chores for Two? Men Are Pitching in with Domestic Duties More Than Ever Before (Christian Science Monitor)|
|Briefing Paper: A "Stalled" Revolution or a Still Unfolding One?|
|In the News: Signs of Détente in the Battle Between Venus and Mars (New York Times)|
|Briefing Paper: Moms and Jobs: Trends in Mothers' Employment and Which Mothers Stay Home|
|In the News: Working Moms More the Norm Than Exception (Palo Alto Online)|
|Briefing Paper: Women's Money Matters: Earnings and Housework in Dual-Earner Families|
|In the News: Wealthier Women Do Less Housework|
|Briefing Paper: "Traditional" Marriages Now Less Stable Than Ones Where Couples Share Work and Household Chores|
|In the News: Matrimonial Bliss Lies in the Mop Bucket and Broom (Seattle P-I)|
|Domestic Violence in Heterosexual Relationships|
|Families: A Great American Institution|
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