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Families and their Social Worlds
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For undergraduate courses in the sociology of the family. Focuses on studying the family through a sociological lens. Families and Their Social Worlds discusses how the family is viewed on a macro level, by examining policies in place and how those policies impact families. The author encourages students to think about families beyond their own personal experiences, and even beyond family structure in the United States. Her goal is to impart a passion for critical thinking as students see that families exist within social worlds. Important policy considerations are imbedded in each chapter to illustrate what is currently being done, and perhaps even more importantly, what can be done to strengthen families and intimate relationships.
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IN THIS SECTION: 1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS 2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Families and the Sociological Imagination Chapter 2: Families Throughout the World: Marriage, Family, and Kinship Chapter 3: Families Throughout History Chapter 4: Sex, Gender, and Families Chapter 5: Social Stratification, Social Class, and Families Chapter 6: Race, Ethnicity, and Families Chapter 7: Courtship, Intimacy, and Partnering Chapter 8: Marriage: A Personal Relationship and Social Institution Chapter 9: Becoming a Parent Chapter 10: Raising Children Chapter 11: Violence and Abuse Chapter 12: Families and the Work They Do Chapter 13: Aging Families Chapter 14: Divorce and Repartnering COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part I: Understanding Families and Their Social Worlds Chapter 1: Families and the Sociological Imagination What Are Families? The Sociological Imagination Familes and Social Change The State and Family Policy Themes of This Book Conclusion Chapter 2: Families Throughout the World: Marriage, Family, and Kinship Functions of the Family: Variations and Universals Differences in Marriage and Family Pattern Patterns of Power and Authority Patterns of Kinship, Descent, and Inheritance Patterns of Residence Modernization Theory: Social Change and Families World Systems Theory: Social Change and Families Families Around the World Conclusion Chapter 3: Families Throughout History Why Study Family History? Families in Preindustrial Socities Family Life in Preindustrial United States American Families in the Nineteenth Century Families in the Twentieth Centry: The Rise of the "Modern" Family Recent Family Issues and Their Historical Roots Conclusion Chapter 4: Sex, Gender, and Families Sex and Gender: What's the Difference? Where Do We Learn Gender? The Pitfalls of Masculinity Institutional Sex Discrimination: Patriarchy Does Patriarchy Exist in Western Nations? Implications for Families Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 5: Social Stratification, Social Class, and Families Social Class and Family Relationships What Is Social Stratification? Social Class in the United States Family Focus, How Calss Matters: Health, Health Insurance, and Family Well-Being Families in Poverty Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 6: Race, Ethnicity, and Families Increasing Diversity in the United States Immigration Defining Basic Concepts How Do Race and Ethnicity Influence Family and Close Relationships? Hispanic and Latino Families Black Families Asian American Families Native American and Alaska Native Families Interracial and Interethnic Families Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Part II: Negotiating Family Relationships Chapter 7: Courtship, Intimacy, and Partnering Courtship and Mate Selection Love Sexuality Heterosexual Cohabitation Gay and Lesbian Commitment and Cohabitation Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 8: Marriage: A Personal Relationship and Social Institution The Universality of Marriage The Changing Nature of Marriage Benefits of Marriage Marital Happiness, Satisfaction, and Success The Marriage Movement Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 9: Becoming a Parent Population and Fertility Trends Worldwide Fertility Rates in the United States Deciding to Parent The Social Construction of Childbirth The Transition to Parenthood Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 10: Raising Children Comparative Focus on Childhood and Parenting Socialization Parenting Styles and Practices Parenting Contexts Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 11: Violence and Abuse Gender-Based Violence: An International Human Rights Issue Intimate Partner Violence Child Abuse Elder Abuse Explanations for Violence and Abuse Among Intimates Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Chapter 12: Families and the Work They Do The Changing Economy and Work Life in a Recession The Division of Household Labor Juggling Work and Family Life Child Care? Who's Minding the Children? Social Policy and Famli Resilience Conclusion Chapter 13: Aging Families Changing Demographics Historical Perspectives Prevailing Theories of Aging The Economics of Aging The Aging Couple Relationships with Children and Grandchildren Retirement Health Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion Part III: Social Problems and Families Chapter 14: Divorce and Repartnering Measuring Divorce Cross Cultural Comparisons Historical Trends in the United States Factors Associated with Divorce The Stations of the Divorce Experience Consequences of Divorce for Children Repartnering and Remarriage Stepfamily Relationships Social Policy and Family Resilience Conclusion

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