Sociology of Marriage and the Family Gender, Love, and Property

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-25
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This sociological analysis of the system of marriage and family focuses on the family as an institution in society. It uniquely encompasses many facets of society, and students are able to learn about family seen through a cultural and historical perspective. The book sets a high conceptual standard, but uses informal writing and minimal jargon. It presents the perspectives of critical and questioning academics (feminists, progressives, anti-racists, independent-thinkers, cross-disciplinary types, etc.) within a scholarly, well-researched text. It addresses a host of real world issues and practical concerns.

Table of Contents

Part One Comparative and Historical Perspectives
Sociological Theory: Explaining Families in a Stratified Society
The Social Ingredients of Families: Gender, Love, and Property
History of the Family I: From Kinship Politics to Patriarchal Households
History of the Family II: The Love Revolution and the Rise of Feminism
Part Two Diversity in Modern Families
Family Trends: The Twentieth Century and Beyond
Families and Work: The Economy, Social Class, and Inequality
Race and Ethnicity: Understanding Structural and Cultural Differences
Part Three Love, Marriage, and Childbearing
Romantic Markets: Love, Cohabitation, and Marriage
Erotic Ties: Marital and Nonmarital Sex
Contraception and Reproduction: Making Babies an a Technological Age
Part Four Family Realities
Domestic Life: Housework, Power, and Marital Happiness
Raising Children: Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Socialization
Family Violence: Spouse Abuse, Child Abuse, and Elder Abuse
Part Five Family Changes
Uncoupling--Recoupling: Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamilies
Life Course Transitions: From Adolescence to the Aging Family
The Future: Social Policy and Family Well-Being

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