Marriage and the Family: Mirror of a Diverse Global Society is a comprehensive text about marriage and the family in sociology, family science, and diversity studies. The book is divided into four parts: studying marriage patterns and understanding the family diversity; developing and maintaining intimate relationships; tackling family issues and managing household crises; and appreciating contemporary living arrangements in a diverse American society and across the global community. Marriage and the Family is unique in its focus on diversity as well as its global perspective. Diversity Overview boxes feature vignettes of family diversity in America. Global Overview boxes invite students to experience family life in different areas of the world. Indeed, families become a mirror that helps students see a diversifying American society and a globalizing world.
PART I INTRODUCTION TO MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY Chapter 1 Meanings of Marriage and the Family Chapter 2 Studying Marriage and the Family Chapter 3 Family Diversity in America Chapter 4 Racial and Ethnic Families Chapter 5 Gender and Socialization
PART II DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS Chapter 6 Sexuality and Sexual Relationships throughout Life Chapter 7 Love Chapter 8 Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection Chapter 9 Marriage and Relationships Chapter 10 Preparing for Children and Child Adoption
PART III CHALLENGES TO MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY Chapter 11 Parenting Chapter 12 Balancing Paid Work, School Work, and Family Work Chapter 13 Family Issues and Domestic Violence Chapter 14 Communication, Power, and Conflict Resolution
PART IV DYNAMICS IN FAMILY LIVING ARRANGMENTS Chapter 15 Break up, Separation, and Divorce Chapter 16 Remarriage and Trends in Living Arrangements