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Families and Their Social Worlds, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Karen T Seccombe

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 23, 2011

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This text applies a sociological imagination to explore both the private, personal side of family life as well as the public, institutional nature of "the Family." It shows that many family concerns are actually social issues that need to be addressed through sound social policies.

 

The author, Karen Seccombe, 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.  

 

Families and Their Social Worlds shows that our conceptions of families are imbedded within our social structure, and that families represent a set of rules, regulations and norms that are situated in a particular culture in a particular historical time.

 

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.

Table of Contents

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:  Families and the Work They Do  

Chapter 12:  Aging Families  

Chapter 13:  Violence and Abuse  

Chapter 14:  Divorce and Repartnering  

Chapter 15:  Summing It Up: Families and the Sociological Imagination  

 

 

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: 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 12: 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 13: 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 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

 

Part IV:   What Have We Learned?

 

Chapter 15: Summing It Up: Families and the Sociological Imagination  

                                            The Sociological Imagination

                                             Using the Sociological Imagination: Themes of the Text Revisited

                                             Future Trends: Where Are Families Heading?

                                             Conclusion

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