9780070119871

Public and Private Families : An Introduction

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    9780070119871

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    0070119872

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/1/1998
  • Publisher: MCG
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Summary

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
xxiii
Preface xxv
PART ONE Introduction 1(104)
Public and Private Families
3(36)
The History of the Family
39(36)
Gender and Families
75(30)
PART TWO Race, Ethnicity, Class, and the State 105(90)
Social Class and Families
107(28)
Race, Ethnicity, and Families
135(34)
The Family, The State, and Social Policy
169(26)
PART THREE Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage 195(106)
Sexuality and Love
197(36)
Paths to Family Formation
233(40)
Spouses and Partners
273(28)
PART FOUR Power, Conflict, and Disruption 301(122)
Work and Families
303(32)
Domestic Violence
335(30)
Divorce
365(32)
Remarriage and Stepfamilies
397(26)
PART FIVE Links across the Generations 423(70)
Children and Parents
425(40)
The Elderly and Their Families
465(28)
PART SIX Family and Society 493(30)
Social Change and Families
495(28)
Glossary 523(6)
References 529(28)
Photo Credits 557(2)
Acknowledgments 559(4)
Index 563

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