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Public & Private Families: An Introduction,9780072405446
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  • Public and Private Families: An Introduction
    Public and Private Families: An Introduction
  • Public and Private Families: An Introduction
    Public and Private Families: An Introduction


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 One: Introduction

Chapter 1: Public and Private Families

Chapter 2: The History of the Family

Chapter 3: Gender and Families

Part Two: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and the State

Chapter 4: Social Class and Families

Chapter 5: Race, Ethnicity and Families

Chapter 6: Family, The State, and Social Policy

Part Three: Sexuality, Partnership, And Marriage

Chapter 7: Sexuality

Chapter 8: Cohabitation and Marriage

Chapter 9: Work and Families

Part Four: Links Across the Generations

Chapter 10: Children and Parents

Chapter 11: The Elderly and Their Families

Part Five: Power, Conflict, and Disruption

Chapter 12: Domestic Violence

Chapter 13: Divorce

Chapter 14: Remarriage and Stepfamilies

Part Six: Family and Society

Chapter 15: Social Change and Families

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