Families : A Sociological Perspective

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-27
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Families: A Sociological Perspectiveis an exciting new text from David Newman that successfully connects to students´┐Ż personal lives while showing how sociologists understand and explain families. It is not only informative in terms of current sociological knowledge of families, but meaningful in terms of contemporary family debates and applicable to students´┐Ż own family experiences. What Does it All Mean?, Going Global, and See for Yourself sections appear throughout the text allowing students to think and perform experiments like sociologists to explore theoretical concepts to better understand their own family lives as well as those of others..

Table of Contents

Brief Contents
Families And Society
Defining Families
Declining and Enduring Families
Measuring Families
Families And Social Inequalities
Gendered Families
Diverse Families/Similar Families
Unequal Families
Families And Relationships
Love, Sexuality, and Relationship Formation
Marriage and Cohabitation
Work and Family
Families Over The Life Course
Entering Parenthood 11Childhood and Adolescence
Adulthood and Later Life
Families And Challenges
Intimate Violence
Divorce and Remarriage
Change, Stability, and Future Families
Detailed contents
Families and Society
Defining Families Identifying Families The “Official” U.S. Definition of Family
Plural Marriage Family as a Social Institution Family as a Cultural Symbol Structural Families or Emotional Families? Families We Choose
Fictive Kin in Ethnic Communities The Controversy Over Same-Sex Marriage Family Privacy and Autonomy The Cultural Ideal of Family Privacy The Location of Privacy Personal Desires and Family Obligations Collectivist Cultures
Family Obligation in Japan Individualist Cultures Family Obligation and Social Policy What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself
Declining Families/Enduring Families The Family Decline Perspective The Waning Institutional Influence of Family Social Change and Family Structure
The Social Costs of Small Families The Family Transformation Perspective Rethinking Traditional Ideas of Family Taking a Long-Term, Historical View Media Images of Family Challenging the Notion of Family Decline Marriage and Divorce Gender Expectations and Family Roles
Examining Cross-Cultural Evidence of Family Change Family Policy Implications What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself
Measuring Families Everyday Versus Social Science Research Characteristics of Social Science Research Interpreting Social Science Research Results Theoretical Perspectives on Family Structural Functionalism Conflict Perspective Feminist Theory
Child Brides Social Exchange Theory Symbolic Interactionism Sociobiology Theory and Research Hypotheses and Variables Modes of Research The Trustworthiness of Family Research Units of Analysis Samples Indicators Values and Interests
Taking a closer look
Family Privacy and Research Ethics What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself
Families and Social Inequalities
Gendered Families Sex and Gender The Sexual Dichotomy
Two and Only Two?
Taking A Closer Look
Intersexuality [Photo Essay]
Sex And Gender
Break on Through to the Other Side Biological Influences on Gender The Cultural Flexibility of Gender Learning Genders Gender Differentiation in Infancy Gender Differentiation in Later Childhood Doing Gender Gender and Power in Families Contemporary Gender/Power Relationships in Families GOING GLOBAL
Hidden Power in Japanese Couples Resources and Dependence The Role of Cultural Ideology The Cultural Devaluation of Women What Does It All Mean? Summary Key Terms See for Yourself
Diverse Families/Similar Families The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity Taking a Closer Look
Multiracial identities Race, Racism, and Family Native American Families African American Families Asian American Families Latino/a Families Diversity and Assimilation Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Family Life Signs of U.S. Religiosity How Religion Strengthens Families How Religion Stresses Families GOI
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