This updated edition brings the study of the family into the era of Barack Obama. A hallmark of Families in Context remains the well-researched, data-driven nature of the text. Beyond thoroughly updated statistics, a new chapter explores the family and public issues under the administration of George W. Bush and now under the leadership of Obama. Another new essay explores questions of bias in the study of the family, in public debates, and in textbooks. These new chapters are ideal for spurring classroom discussion or student papers.
Praise for the First Edition:
"The author has crafted a clear, consise, and meaningfully themed book that provides accurate and up-to-date scholarly family research and also engages the reader."
-Henry Borne, Holy Cross College
"One of the best, if not the very best, sociology of the family books available."
-Norval Glenn, The University of Texas at Austin
"Families in Context does a masterful job of locating the family within large-scale socioeconomic developments. …The focus is substantively unique."
-Jon P. Bloch, Southern Connecticut State University
"This is the best presentation of the process of industrialization and its effects on the family I have seen in an undergraduate text."
-Theodore N. Greenstein, North Carolina State University
Author's Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition To The Student Chapter 1: Defining Family Variation Chapter 2: Studying the Family Chapter 3: Families in Preindustrial Context Chapter 4: Industrialization and Families Chapter 5: Gender, Work, and Postindustrial Families Chapter 6: Social Class and Families Chapter 7: Race/Ethnicity and Families Chapter 8: Forming Intimate Relationships Chapter 9: Mate Selection Chapter 10: Varieties of Sexual Scripts Chapter 11: Population and Family Planning Chapter 12: Negotiating Marriages Chapter 13: Parents and Children Chapter 14: Crisis and Violence in Families Chapter 15: Divorce and Rescripted Families Chapter 16: Family Perspectives, Policy, and the Future Chapter 17: Obama, Race, and Families Chapter 18: Politics, Textbooks, and Bias Glossary References Index About the Author Photo Credits