Public and Private Families: A Reader

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-30
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This reader examines the family through two lenses--the familiar private family, in which we live our personal lives, and the public family, in which we deal with broader societal issues, such as raising the next generation, and the care of the elderly. Consequently, these readings look both at intimate, personal concerns, such as whether to marry, as well as societal concerns, such as governmental policies that affect families. The reader corresponds exactly to and is published concurrent with Cherlin's textbookPublic and Private Families: An Introduction; both the textbook and the reader have 14 chapters of the same names.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Public and Private Familiesp. 3
The Family in Trouble: Since When? For Whom?p. 5
From Role to Self: The Emergence of Androgynous Love in the 20th Centuryp. 16
The History of the Familyp. 31
What's Love Got to Do with It? A Brief History of Marriagep. 32
Growing Up Is Harder to Dop. 38
Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity
Gender and Familiesp. 47
Doing Genderp. 49
Fathers and Emotional Responsibilityp. 59
Social Class and Familiesp. 70
Ain't No Middle Classp. 72
Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Familiesp. 85
Race, Ethnicity, and Familiesp. 108
"I'm Here, but I'm There": The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhoodp. 110
Breaking the Last Taboo: Interracial Marriage in Americap. 124
Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage
Sexualitiesp. 133
Sexual Desire and Genderp. 134
Living Apart Together: A New Family Formp. 142
Cohabitation and Marriagep. 155
"Everything's There Except Money": How Money Shapes Decisions to Marry among Cohabitorsp. 157
Unmarried with Childrenp. 169
Work and Familiesp. 176
The Work-Home Crunchp. 178
Joey's Problem: Nancy and Evan Holtp. 186
Links across the Generations
Children and Parentsp. 203
Religion and the Domestication of Menp. 204
Gay Parenthood and the Decline of Paternity as we Knew Itp. 208
Older People and their Familiesp. 223
Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Increasing Importance of Multigenerational Bondsp. 225
Men and Women: Together and Apart in the Later Yearsp. 236
Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution
Domestic Violencep. 261
Control and Violence in Intimate Relationshipsp. 263
Controversies Surrounding Mandatory Arrest Policies and the Police Response to Intimate Partner Violencep. 275
Divorcep. 282
Life without Father: What Happens to the Children?p. 283
Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectivesp. 287
StepFamiliesp. 295
The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilitiesp. 297
Beyond the Two-Parent Family: How Teenagers Fare in Cohabiting Couple and Blended Familiesp. 308
Family and Society
The Family, The State, and Social Policyp. 317
American Dream: Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999p. 319
Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America's Childrenp. 327
Referencesp. 339
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