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As the title suggests, Public and Private Families: An Introduction, seventh edition, discusses the family in two senses: the 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 frail elderly, the increase in divorce, and childbearing outside of marriage. The book examines intimate personal concerns, such as whether to marry, as well as societal concerns, such as governmental policies that affect families. Distinctive chapters examine contemporary issues such as income assistance to poor families, the effects of out-of-home childcare, and the costs of Social Security and Medicare programs. A companion reader to this textbook, Public and Private Families: A Reader, seventh edition, with 14 same-named chapters, has 34 readings from both the popular press and academic journals.
Table of Contents
Part One Introduction, 1
1 Public and Private Families, 3
2 The History of the Family, 37
Part Two Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity, 77
3 Gender and Families, 79
4 Social Class and Families, 107
5 Race, Ethnicity, and Families, 135
Part Three Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage, 173
6 Sexualities, 175
7 Cohabitation and Marriage, 207
8 Work and Families, 247
Part Four Links across the Generations, 269
9 Children and Parents, 271
10 Older People and Their Families, 307
Part Five Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution, 339