Family in Transition

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  • Edition: 15th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This best-selling reader on families and intimate relationships identifies the most current trends and places them in historical context. New topics include: changing family demographic over the course of U.S. history, why gay men and women want to marry, the decline of dating and the rise of hooking up, adoption past and present, how a 24/7 ecomomy affects families, financial pressures on middle-class mothers and fathers, gay and lesbian families, and the families of prison inmates.Anyone looking for a collection of classic and contemporary readings on the sociology of the family.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Changing Familyp. 11
Families Past and Presentp. 13
The Theoretical Importance of the Familyp. 13
The Global Revolution in Family and Personal Lifep. 25
The Life Course Revolutionp. 31
The Family in Trouble: Since When? For Whom?p. 40
Public Debates and Private Livesp. 57
The Mommy Wars: Ambivalence, Ideological Work, and the Cultural Contradictions of Motherhoodp. 57
Decline of the Family: Conservative, Liberal, and Feminist Viewsp. 76
Sex and Genderp. 97
Changing Gender Rolesp. 101
Destined for Equalityp. 101
What Do Women and Men Want?p. 109
The Conservative Christian Family and the "Feminist Revolution"p. 114
Sexuality and Societyp. 125
Sexual Revolution(s)p. 125
The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Upp. 141
Courtship and Marriagep. 153
Cohabitationp. 153
Alternative Unions and the Independent Life Stagep. 164
American Marriage in the Early Twenty-First Centuryp. 171
Grounds for Marriage: How Relationships Succeed or Failp. 192
Divorce and Remarriagep. 203
Divorce: The "Silent Revolution"p. 203
Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectivesp. 210
The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilitiesp. 233
Parents and Childrenp. 251
Parenthoodp. 255
New Families: Modern Couples as New Pioneersp. 255
Caring for Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United Statesp. 275
The Four Facets of Fatherhoodp. 283
Childhood and Youthp. 293
Beyond Sentimentality: American Childhood as a Social and Cultural Constructp. 293
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Lifep. 306
How Families Still Matter: A Longitudinal Study of Youth in Two Generationsp. 318
A Longer Road to Adulthoodp. 328
Families in Societyp. 343
Work and Family Lifep. 349
The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Homep. 349
The Work-Home Crunchp. 356
The Rhetoric and Reality of "Opting Out"p. 365
Family and the Economyp. 375
Families on the Fault Linep. 375
The Economy That Never Sleepsp. 392
Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Brokep. 399
Dimensions of Diversityp. 419
Diversity within African American Familiesp. 419
Diversity within Latino Families: New Lessons for Family Social Sciencep. 443
Cultural Diversity and Aging Familiesp. 469
Gay and Lesbian Families: Queer Like Usp. 480
Trouble in the Familyp. 503
Prisoners' Families and Childrenp. 503
Unmarried with Childrenp. 520
Domestic Violence: The Intersection of Gender and Controlp. 527
Creditsp. 539
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