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Families: A Sociological Perspectiveis an exciting new text from David Newman that successfully connects to students� personal lives while showing how sociologists understand and explain families. It is not only informative in terms of current sociological knowledge of families, but meaningful in terms of contemporary family debates and applicable to students� own family experiences. What Does it All Mean?, Going Global, and See for Yourself sections appear throughout the text allowing students to think and perform experiments like sociologists to explore theoretical concepts to better understand their own family lives as well as those of others..
Table of Contents
|Families And Society|
|Declining and Enduring Families|
|Families And Social Inequalities|
|Diverse Families/Similar Families|
|Families And Relationships|
|Love, Sexuality, and Relationship Formation|
|Marriage and Cohabitation|
|Work and Family|
|Families Over The Life Course|
|Entering Parenthood 11Childhood and Adolescence|
|Adulthood and Later Life|
|Families And Challenges|
|Divorce and Remarriage|
|Change, Stability, and Future Families|
|Families and Society|
|Defining Families Identifying Families The “Official” U.S. Definition of Family|
|Plural Marriage Family as a Social Institution Family as a Cultural Symbol Structural Families or Emotional Families? Families We Choose|
|Fictive Kin in Ethnic Communities The Controversy Over Same-Sex Marriage Family Privacy and Autonomy The Cultural Ideal of Family Privacy The Location of Privacy Personal Desires and Family Obligations Collectivist Cultures|
|Family Obligation in Japan Individualist Cultures Family Obligation and Social Policy What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself|
|Declining Families/Enduring Families The Family Decline Perspective The Waning Institutional Influence of Family Social Change and Family Structure|
|The Social Costs of Small Families The Family Transformation Perspective Rethinking Traditional Ideas of Family Taking a Long-Term, Historical View Media Images of Family Challenging the Notion of Family Decline Marriage and Divorce Gender Expectations and Family Roles|
|Examining Cross-Cultural Evidence of Family Change Family Policy Implications What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself|
|Measuring Families Everyday Versus Social Science Research Characteristics of Social Science Research Interpreting Social Science Research Results Theoretical Perspectives on Family Structural Functionalism Conflict Perspective Feminist Theory|
|Child Brides Social Exchange Theory Symbolic Interactionism Sociobiology Theory and Research Hypotheses and Variables Modes of Research The Trustworthiness of Family Research Units of Analysis Samples Indicators Values and Interests|
|Taking a closer look|
|Family Privacy and Research Ethics What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself|
|Families and Social Inequalities|
|Gendered Families Sex and Gender The Sexual Dichotomy|
|Two and Only Two?|
|Taking A Closer Look|
|Intersexuality [Photo Essay]|
|Sex And Gender|
|Break on Through to the Other Side Biological Influences on Gender The Cultural Flexibility of Gender Learning Genders Gender Differentiation in Infancy Gender Differentiation in Later Childhood Doing Gender Gender and Power in Families Contemporary Gender/Power Relationships in Families GOING GLOBAL|
|Hidden Power in Japanese Couples Resources and Dependence The Role of Cultural Ideology The Cultural Devaluation of Women What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself|
|Diverse Families/Similar Families The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity Taking a Closer Look|
|Multiracial identities Race, Racism, and Family Native American Families African American Families Asian American Families Latino/a Families Diversity and Assimilation Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Family Life Signs of U.S. Religiosity How Religion Strengthens Families How Religion Stresses Families GOI|
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