Family Theories

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2007-08-29
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Building upon the success of two previous bestselling editions, the Third Edition of Family Theories continues to be the ideal resource for readers wishing to develop an understanding of sophisticated ideas about families and marriages. Authors James White and David Klein have updated and revised each chapter based on readers' suggestions and on developments in the area of family sociology and family studies. An incisive, thorough introduction to current and traditional theories of the family, this text balances the diversity and richness of a broad scope of scholarly work.New to the Third Edition Starts with a reorganized introductory chapter: The opening chapter has been restructured for increased clarity and to offer a better guide to utilizing theory to guide research and practice. Introduces a new chapter: Previous editions included seven major theoretical frameworks to explain variation in family life. The Third Edition welcomes the addition of an eighth framework on functionalist theory. Includes material on postmodernism: By placing information on postmodernism within the chapter on the feminist framework, the authors allow readers to see more clearly how these two intellectual movements relate to the study of families. Offers updates throughout: Significant additions to the 'úVariations'Ě section of all chapters have been made to capture new theoretical developments. Restores several meta-theories: Deleted from the last chapter in the previous edition, several meta-theories, dealing with the type of causation, treatment of time, and the level of analysis, have been added back in this new edition.Intended AudienceThis text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Family Theories, Family Systems & Theory, and Sociology of the Family in departments of family studies, sociology, and human development

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
What Is a Theory?p. 1
Philosophies of Sciencep. 2
Architecture of a Scientific Theoryp. 6
Defining Theoryp. 10
Functions of Theoryp. 14
Theories About Familiesp. 16
A Brief History of Family Theoryp. 21
Conceptual Frameworks: 1950-1966p. 23
Formal Theory Construction: 1967-1979p. 24
Pluralism: 1980-1999p. 25
Post-Postmodern Theory: 2000-Presentp. 26
Evaluation of Theoryp. 27
Frameworksp. 28
Suggested Readingsp. 31
The Functionalist Frameworkp. 33
Intellectual Traditionsp. 34
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 42
Conceptsp. 43
Propositionsp. 47
Variationsp. 50
Empirical Applicationsp. 55
Implications for Interventionp. 59
Critiques and Discussionp. 59
Conclusionp. 62
Suggested Readingsp. 63
The Social Exchange and Rational Choice Frameworkp. 65
Intellectual Traditionsp. 66
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 68
Conceptsp. 70
Propositionsp. 77
Variationsp. 80
Empirical Applicationsp. 83
Implications for Interventionp. 87
Critiques and Discussionp. 87
Conclusionp. 91
Suggested Readingsp. 91
The Symbolic Interaction Frameworkp. 93
Intellectual Traditionsp. 95
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 98
Conceptsp. 100
Propositionsp. 104
Variationsp. 107
Empirical Applicationsp. 111
Implications for Interventionp. 113
Critiques and Discussionp. 114
Conclusionp. 119
Suggested Readingsp. 120
The Family Life Course Development Frameworkp. 121
Intellectual Traditionsp. 123
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 126
Conceptsp. 128
Propositionsp. 133
Variationsp. 138
Empirical Applicationsp. 142
Implications for Interventionp. 144
Critiques and Discussionp. 145
Conclusionp. 148
Suggested Readingsp. 149
The Systems Frameworkp. 151
Intellectual Traditionsp. 152
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 156
Conceptsp. 157
Propositionsp. 161
Variationsp. 165
Empirical Applicationsp. 170
Implications for Interventionp. 172
Critiques and Discussionp. 173
Conclusionp. 175
Suggested Readingsp. 177
The Conflict Frameworkp. 179
Intellectual Traditionsp. 180
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 184
Conceptsp. 185
Propositionsp. 188
Variationsp. 190
Empirical Applicationsp. 198
Implications for Interventionp. 200
Critiques and Discussionp. 201
Conclusionp. 203
Suggested Readingsp. 204
The Feminist Framework and Poststructuralismp. 205
Intellectual Traditionsp. 206
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 218
Conceptsp. 221
Propositionsp. 223
Variationsp. 226
Empirical Applicationsp. 231
Implications for Interventionp. 234
Critiques and Discussionp. 235
Conclusionp. 238
Suggested Readingsp. 240
The Bioecological Frameworkp. 241
Intellectual Traditionsp. 243
Focus and Scope Assumptionsp. 247
Conceptsp. 249
Propositionsp. 252
Variationsp. 256
Empirical Applicationsp. 265
Implications for Interventionp. 267
Critiques and Discussionp. 267
Conclusionp. 270
Suggested Readingsp. 271
The State of Family Theory and Its Futurep. 273
State of Family Theoryp. 274
Theory Constructionp. 276
Metatheory and Theory Developmentp. 281
The Future of Family Theoryp. 283
Conclusionp. 287
Suggested Readingsp. 288
Referencesp. 289
Indexp. 313
About the Authorsp. 333
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