Canadian Families Today New Perspectives

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-05-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Now in its fourth edition, Canadian Families Today presents a comprehensive introduction to the sociological study of our nation's families. This thought-provoking collection explores the major themes, historical developments, and contemporary cases that are currently shaping family life, including discussions on the changing definitions of "family", new studies on the life course and family dynamics, and the unique challenges that families in Canada face. Written by a team of experts from across Canada and fully up-to-date with the latest research and data, these essays provide students with a fascinating in-depth look at the issues and trends affecting families in Canada today.

The fourth edition features brand-new chapters on refugee families in Canada and Indigenous families, as well as increased coverage of topics such as mixed-race unions, same-sex parenting, transgender families, and the recent Canada Child Benefit. The text also includes a new "Daily Life" box that allows students to connect concepts and theories to real-life experiences, as well as new critical thinking questions throughout each chapter for students to consider.

Author Biography

Patrizia Albanese is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University.

Table of Contents

Part I: Conceptualizing Families, Past and Present
1. Introduction to Diversity in Canada's Families: Variation in Forms, Definitions, and Theories, Patrizia Albanese
2. Canada's Families: Historical and Contemporary Variations, Cynthia Comacchio
3. Same-Sex Marriage in Canada, Doreen M. Fumia
Part II: The Life Course
4. Intimacy, Commitment, and Family Formation, Melanie Heath
5. Parenting Young Children: Decisions and Realities, Amber Gazso
7. Families in Middle and Later Life: Patterns and Dynamics of Living Longer, Aging Together, Karen M. Kobayashi and Anne Martin-Matthews
Part III: Family Issues
8. Marriage and Death Rituals, Deborah K. van den Hoonaard
9. Families, Paid and Unpaid Work: Connecting Households, Workplaces, State Polices, and Communities, Andrea Doucet
10. Family Poverty in Canada: Correlates, Coping Strategies, and Consequences, Don Kerr and Joseph H. Michalski
11. The Settlement of Refugee Families in Canada: Pre-migration and Post-migration Trajectories and Location in Canadian Society, Amal Madibbo and James S. Frideres
12. Indigenous Families, Vanessa Watts
13. Lack of Support: Canadian Families and Disability, Michelle Owen
Part IV: Problems, Policies, and Predictions
14. Violence in Families, Catherine Holtmann
15. Investing in Families and Children: Family Policies in Canada, Catherine Krull and Mushira Mohsin Khan
16. The Past of the Future and the Future of the Family, Margrit Eichler

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