Changing American Families

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Focusing on insights from feminist researchers and the role of gender in family life, this text explores both the structural features of society that shape families and the everyday personal experiences of individual family members--as well as the interplay between the two.

Author Biography

Judy Aulette is a professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she has been teaching sociology of families for 22 years. She is also an adjunct at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town South Africa where she teaches courses in family in the Social Work Programme. Her research is in the area of gender, families, and social movements. Most recently she is conducting evaluation research of HIV education for the National AIDS Foundation.  In addition to the Pearson text Changing American Families, which is in its 3rd edition, she has written books on the sociology of gender and African women.  Professor Aulette has been the recipient of two teaching and research Fulbrights to Poland and South Africa.  She has also taught in Scotland and England.   Professor Aulette identifies herself as a scholar activist and along with her work in academia has been involved in community organization around poverty, labor issues, and women's rights.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1. How to Study Families in the Twenty-First Century    

Chapter 2. A History of Families with a Focus on Euro-Americans    

Chapter 3.  A History of U.S. Families with a Focus on African Americans   

Chapter 4. Families and the Economic System   

Chapter 5. Families and the Organization of Race, Class, and Gender    

Chapter 6.  Work and Family   

Chapter 7. Housework    

Chapter 8. Love and Sex    

Chapter 9. Marriage    

Chapter 10. Divorce and Remarriage    

Chapter 11. Battering and Marital Rape  

Chapter 12. Parents    

Chapter 13. Children

Chapter 14. Families, Family Policy and the State    



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