Family Patterns, Gender Relations

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2014-04-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Family Patterns, Gender Relations is a reader featuring a mix of classic and contemporary readings from Canada, the US, and the UK, designed to introduce second- and third-year sociology students to the key issues in family studies today. Through her thoughtful selection of readings and fully updated introductions contextualizing each reading within the discipline, editor Bonnie Fox explores the complex dynamics of family life with a focus on how gendered relationships continue to play a major role in the structure of today's family.

The updated edition has been carefully revised featuring 13 new articles, four of which were written specifically for this edition. New articles tackle a wide range of issues that are important in family studies today, such as transnational families, the influence of the economy on the family unit, divorce, stepfamilies, and an entirely new part covering social policies and the family.

Author Biography

Bonnie Fox is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as When Couples Become Parents: The Creation of Gender in the Transition to Parenthood (UTP, 2009).

Table of Contents

Part One: Family in Perspective
1. : Studying Families: Concepts, Approaches, Issues and Trends (NEW)
Bonnie Fox and Meg Luxton
2. : The Unnatural Family
Felicity Edholm
Part Two: Family Diversity over Time
3. : Women in an Egalitarian Society: The Montagnais-Naskapi of Canada
Eleanor B. Leacock
4. : The Family Economy in Modern England and France
Louise A. Tilly and Joan W. Scott
5. : Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Community
Tamara K. Hareven
6. : Putting Mothers on the Pedestal
Maxine L. Margolis
7. : Sexuality and the Post-war Domestic "Revival"
Mary L. Adams
8. : Wives and Husbands
Meg Luxton
Part Three: Families Today: The Social Relations That Make Families
Section 1: Negotiating Adult Intimacy
9. : "We Don't Sleep Around Like White Girls Do": Family, Culture, and Gender in Filipina- American Lives (NEW)
Yen Le Espiritu
10. : Waiting to Be Asked: Gender, Power, and Relationship Progression among Cohabiting Couples (NEW)
Sharon Sassler and Amanda Miller
11. : "Here Comes the Bride": The Making of a "Modern Traditional" Wedding in Western Culture
Dawn Currie
12. : Desire, Pleasure, and Sex in Young Adult Heterosexual Relationships (NEW)
Melanie Ann Beres
Section 2: Parenthood
13. : When the Baby Comes Home
Bonnie Fox
14. : "Like a Family": Reproductive Work in a Cooperative Setting
Diana Worts
15. : Opting into Motherhood: Lesbians Blurring the Boundaries and Transforming the Meaning of Parenthood and Kinship
Gillian A. Dunne
16. : Fathers and Emotional Responsibility from Do Men Mother? (NEW)
Andrea Doucet
Section 3: The Work of Sustaining Families
17. : The Politics of Family and Immigration in the Subordination of Domestic Workers in Canada
Sedef Arat-Koc
18. : Family Coping Strategies: Balancing Paid Employment and Domestic Labour
Meg Luxton
Part Four: Families Negotiating Change
Section 1: Immigration
19. : From Hong Kong to Canada
Guida Man
20. : Gender, Generation, and the "Immigrant Family": Negotiating Migration Processes
Gillian Creese, Isabel Dyck, and Arlene Tigar McLaren
21. : Making and Sustaining Transnational Families (NEW)
Kara Somerville
Section 2: Economic and Other Upheaval
22. : The Lake Babine First Nation Family: Yesterday and Today (NEW)
Jo-Anne Fiske and Rose Johnny
23. : Putting Together a Life: Families, Coping, and Economic Change, 1997-2008 (NEW)
Kate Bezanson
Section 3: Divorce and Its Aftermath
24. : Mourning Different Dreams: Gender and the Companionate Marriage (NEW)
Catherine Kohler Riessman
25. : "Doing" Post-divorce Childhood (NEW)
Carol Smart, Bren Neale, and Amanda Wade
26. : Kinship and Stepfamilies (NEW)
Elizabeth Church
Part Five: Problems, Policies, and the Law
27. : Confronting Violence in Women's Lives
Rosemary Gartner, Myrna Dawson, and Maria Crawford
28. : Conversations about Families in Canadian Courts and Legislatures: Are
There "Lessons" for the United States? (NEW)
Mary Jane Mossman
29. : Quebec's Policies for Work-Family Balance: A Model for Change? (NEW)
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

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