Handbook of Family Diversity

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-11-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The status of the American family has been the topic of considerable debate in recent years. As demographic changes make our country more multicultural and as new types of families continue to form and become more common, it is essential for sociologists, social workers, family researchers, and psychologists to understand the full range of diversity in American families. However, to varying extents, African American families, Latino families, Asian American families, poverty-stricken and near-poor families, lesbian and gay families, single-parent families, and stepfamilies have been marginalized from mainstream scholarship. As a result, students taking courses on families are typically not exposed to the experiences of these groups.The Handbook of Family Diversity fills this gap in scholarship by providing a comprehensive discussion of several key dimensions where families differ: race, socioeconomic status, family structure, sexual orientation, and gender. It is designed to inform and broaden the debate among students, family scholars, practitioners, and policymakers as to what constitutes a family and how families should function. Featuring commissioned chapters by prominent scholars from a variety of fields, The Handbook of Family Diversity discusses different types of families from widely varying social and economic backgrounds. These authoritative yet highly readable essays discuss important public policy issues pertaining to family diversity and describe the everyday realities of family interactions--the tensions and dynamics of intimacy, support, control, communication, and conflict. Multiple disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are presented throughout the volume, providing evidence that there is no unified or monolithic perspective on families. Emphasizing the most current and cutting edge knowledge on family diversity, The Handbook of Family Diversity sets a new standard for research in this important and vital area of study.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Kathleen Gerson
Acknowledgments xv
Contributors xvii
PART I Introduction 1(14)
An Overview of Family Diversity: Controversies, Questions, and Values
Katherine R. Allen
Mark A. Fine
David H. Demo
PART II Reflections on Family Diversity: Past and Present 15(44)
Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity
Stephanie Coontz
Diversity of Family Structure: Economic and Social Influences
Jay D. Teachman
PART III Gender Dynamics in Families 59(90)
Gender, Marriage, and Diverse Possibilities for Cross-Sex and Same-Sex Pairs
Virginia Rutter
Pepper Schwartz
Gender and Parent-Child Relationships
Gary W. Peterson
Denise Ann Bodman
Kevin R. Bush
Debra Madden-Derdich
Gender and Intergenerational Relationships
Debra Umberson
Ellen Slaten
Kinship and Gender
Colleen L. Johnson
PART IV Family Structure and Family Diversity 149(83)
Diversity Within Single-Parent Families
Paul R. Amato
Diversity Among Stepfamilies
E. Mavis Hetherington
Margaret Stanley-Hagan
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Families
Ritch C. Savin-Williams
Kristin G. Esterberg
Older Adults and Their Families
Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford
Rosemary Blieszner
PART V Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversitis in Families 232(61)
Diversity Within African American Families
Ronald L. Taylor
Diversity Within Latino Families: New Lessons for Family Social Science
Maxine Baca Zinn
Barbara Wells
Diversity Within Asian American Families
Masako Ishii-Kuntz
PART VI Class Diversities in Families 293(45)
Poverty and Economic Hardship in Families
Mark R. Rank
Diversity in Family Structure: Effects on Schooling
Doris R. Entwisle
Karl L. Alexander
PART VII Applications for Working With Families 338(64)
Culture and Narrative as Central Metaphors for Clinical Practice With Families
Joan Laird
Family Diversity and Family Life Education
Judith A. Myers-Walls
Family Diversity and Family Policy
Richard M. Lerner
Elizabeth E. Sparks
Laurie D. McCubbin
PART VIII Conclusion 402(47)
Family Diversity and Intersecting Categories: Toward a Richer Approach to Multiple Roles
Stephen R. Marks
Leigh A. Leslie
The Handbook's Tail: Toward Revels or a Requiem for Family Diversity?
Judith Stacey
Family Diversity in the 21st Century: Implications for Research, Theory, and Practice
Mark A. Fine
David H. Demo
Katherine R. Allen
Index 449

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