Public and Private Families : An Introduction

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/1/1998
  • Publisher: MCG
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Nationally recognized for its sound scholarship and balanced approach and written by one of the leading authorities in the field, this text examines the family through two lenses: the familiar private family in which we live most of our personal lives, and the public family in which we, as adults, deal with broader societal issues such as the care of the elderly, the increase in divorce, and childbearing outside of marriage. The book looks at intimate personal concerns, such as whether to marry, as well as societal concerns, such as governmental policies that affect families. Distinctive chapters Chapter 9, " Children and Parents; " Chapter 10, " The Elderly and Their Families; " and Chapter 14, " The Family, the State and Social Policy" examine issues of great current interest, such as income assistance to poor families, the effects of out-of-home childcare, and the costs of the Social Security and Medicare programs.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes
Preface xxv
PART ONE Introduction 1(104)
Public and Private Families
The History of the Family
Gender and Families
PART TWO Race, Ethnicity, Class, and the State 105(90)
Social Class and Families
Race, Ethnicity, and Families
The Family, The State, and Social Policy
PART THREE Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage 195(106)
Sexuality and Love
Paths to Family Formation
Spouses and Partners
PART FOUR Power, Conflict, and Disruption 301(122)
Work and Families
Domestic Violence
Remarriage and Stepfamilies
PART FIVE Links across the Generations 423(70)
Children and Parents
The Elderly and Their Families
PART SIX Family and Society 493(30)
Social Change and Families
Glossary 523(6)
References 529(28)
Photo Credits 557(2)
Acknowledgments 559(4)
Index 563

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