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Public and Private Families : An Introduction,9780072873597
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Public and Private Families : An Introduction



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McGraw-Hill College

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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

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Public and Private Families

Chapter 2: The History of the Family

Part II: Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity

Chapter 3: Gender and Families

Chapter 4: Social Class and Families

Chapter 5: Race, Ethnicity, and Families

Part III: Sexuality, Love, Partnership, and Marriage

Chapter 6: Sexuality and Love

Chapter 7: Cohabitation and Marriage

Chapter 8: Work and Families

Part IV: Links Across the Generations

Chapter 9: Children and Parents

Chapter 10: The Elderly and Their Families

Part V: Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution

Chapter 11: Domestic Violence

Chapter 12: Divorce

Chapter 13: Remarriage and Stepfamilies

Part VI: Family and Society

Chapter 14: The Family, the State, and Social Policy

Chapter 15: Social Change and Families

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