Family Patterns, Gender Relations

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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What is a family? Bonnie Fox suggests that family relationships are ones in which people care for children, themselves, and each other. At the same time she emphasizes that these relationships are shaped by the larger social context. While understandings of family are no longer limited to the male bread-winner-female homemaker model of the 1950s, gender ideologies still play a major role in structuring family relations.

Author Biography

Bonnie Fox is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Putting 'Family' in Perspectivep. 1
Conceptualizing 'Family'p. 3
The Unnatural Familyp. 21
Is There a Family? New Anthropological Viewsp. 29
Diverse Family Patternsp. 41
Foraging Societies: Communal 'Households'p. 42
Women in an Egalitarian Society: The Montagnais-Naskapi of Canadap. 43
Agricultural Societies: The 'Family Economy'p. 55
The Family Economy in Modern England and Francep. 56
Patriarchal Relations of Production in Nineteenth-century Ontariop. 85
Industrial Capitalism: The Rise of Breadwinner-Homemaker Familiesp. 97
Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Communityp. 99
Domesticityp. 111
Putting Mothers on the Pedestalp. 118
From 1950s Breadwinner-Homemaker Families to Twenty-first Century Diversityp. 136
Sexuality and the Post-war Domestic 'Revival'p. 137
Wives and Husbandsp. 156
As Times Change: A Review of Trends in Family Lifep. 180
Elements of Familyp. 209
Sexuality: Negotiating Adult Intimacyp. 210
Heterosexuality: Contested Groundp. 212
Navigating Sexual Terrain: Legacies of the Sacred and the Secular in the Lives of French-Canadian Womenp. 219
One Is Not Born a Bride: How Weddings Regulate Heterosexualityp. 236
Marriage and Domesticity: Becoming Familyp. 241
'Here Comes the Bride': The Making of a 'Modern Traditional' Wedding in Western Culturep. 242
Veering Toward Domesticityp. 259
Education, Work, and Family Decision-making: Finding the 'Right Time' to Have a Babyp. 277
Parenthood and Childcare: Taking on Gendered Responsibilitiesp. 290
When the Baby Comes Home: The Dynamics of Gender in the Making of Familyp. 292
Motherwork, Stress, and Depression: The Costs of Privatized Social Reproductionp. 310
'Like a Family': Reproductive Work in a Co-operative Settingp. 325
Opting into Motherhood: Lesbians Blurring the Boundaries and Transforming the Meaning of Parenthood and Kinshipp. 343
The Gender-divided Work Involved in Maintaining Familiesp. 365
Household Labour and the Routine Production of Genderp. 367
Lesbians at Home: Why Can't a Man Be More Like a Woman?p. 385
Moneywork: Caregiving and the Management of Family Financesp. 417
The Politics of Family and Immigration in the Subordination of Domestic Workers in Canadap. 428
Family Coping Strategies: Balancing Paid Employment and Domestic Labourp. 453
Families Negotiating Change, Changing Familiesp. 475
From Hong Kong to Canada: Immigration and the Changing Family Lives of Middle-class Women from Hong Kongp. 477
Gender, Generation, and the 'Immigrant Family': Negotiating Migration Processesp. 496
Transforming Rural Livelihoods: Gender, Work, and Restructuring in Three Ontario Communitiesp. 509
Other Family Mattersp. 523
Confronting Violence in Women's Livesp. 525
Children's Adjustment to Divorcep. 543
Lessons from Europe: Policy Options to Enhance the Economic Security of Canadian Familiesp. 552
Indexp. 575
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