1st Edition

Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families
The Lives and Careers of Family Scholars

ISBN 9780789020895
Published February 10, 2003 by Routledge
926 Pages

USD $140.00

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Book Description

Meet the men and women whose groundbreaking work elevated the field of family studies!

In Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families: The Lives and Careers of Family Scholars, you'll find 40 autobiographies written by leading scholars in sociology, family studies, psychology, and child development. Their fascinating stories demonstrate how their family experiences, educational opportunities, and occupational endeavors not only shaped the disciplines they chose but also shaped the theoretical perspectives they utilized and the topics they researched.

From the editors: “These autobiographies document the experiences of scholars from the early twentieth century to the present. The descriptions of early influences on their education, of their graduate school experiences, and of their academic career paths, provides a wealth of valuable material. Since four of these scholars have died and a number are in their eighties or older, these histories provide rich case studies on factors that influence the decision to go to college, get married, pursue an advanced degree, make specific occupational choices, and investigate certain topics. These autobiographies also detail the barriers that early women scholars in the social sciences faced.”

The scholars whose lives you will learn about in Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families include:

  • Joan Aldous
  • Katherine R. Allen
  • Pauline Boss
  • Carlfred B. Broderick
  • Wesley R. Burr
  • Catherine Street Chilman
  • Harold T. Christensen
  • Marilyn Coleman
  • Rand D. Conger
  • Randal D. Day
  • William J. Doherty
  • Evelyn Millis Duvall
  • Glen H. Elder, Jr.
  • Bernard Farber
  • Margaret Feldman
  • Mark A. Fine
  • Greer Litton Fox
  • Frank F. Furstenberg
  • Viktor Gecas
  • Harold D. Grotevant
  • Gerald Handel
  • Michael E. Lamb
  • Ralph LaRossa
  • Gary R. Lee
  • Helena Znaniecka Lopata
  • Harriette P. McAdoo
  • Hamilton McCubbin
  • Brent C. Miller
  • Phyllis Moen
  • Gerhard Neubeck
  • Gary W. Peterson
  • Ira L. Reiss
  • John Scanzoni
  • Walter R. Schumm
  • Barbara H. Settles
  • Laurence Steinberg
  • Suzanne K. Steinmetz
  • Sheldon Stryker
  • Marvin B. Sussman
  • Irv Tallman

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part I: Crossing Boundaries
  • Crossing Boundaries: An Introduction to the Lives of Family Scholars
  • A Hero's Journey: The Lifeways of a Modern Day Asclepius
  • My Autobiography
  • In Search of Resiliency in Families: Vision Quest of a Native Hawaiian Family Scholar
  • Life as a Sociologist
  • My Biographical Self: A Brief Sketch
  • Exploring and Defining Early Social Ecologies and Their Impact: Mothers, Fathers, Families, and Cultures
  • Part II: Overcoming Obstacles
  • Overcoming Obstacles—Challenges to Life and Scholarship
  • Now Take My Life—Please!
  • By the Book: An Academic Memoir
  • Living the Literature: Keeping My Family in Family Sociology
  • Aspirations and Possibilities: Coming to Terms with Other People's Reality
  • Constructing a Life Course
  • Following a Non-Linear Career Path: Dietetics + Child Development + Special Education = Family Studies
  • Part III: Environmental and Family Influences Shaping Family Scholars
  • Environmental and Family Influences Shaping Family Scholars
  • An Autobiographical Sketch
  • How I Got This Way: Memoirs of a Liberal
  • The Autobiography of a Sex Researcher: Short Version
  • My Family and Me: A 20th Century Saga
  • A Personal and Intellectual Journey
  • My Life Story: Reflections of an Early Family Scholar
  • Families, Social Change, and Individual Lives
  • Making the World Safe for Difference
  • Part IV: Intersections: Unique Career Paths to Studying Families
  • Intersections: Unique Career Paths to Studying Families
  • Toward Understanding Families as Groups
  • The Importance of Serendipity
  • Continuities and Diversities
  • Coming Full Circle: From Volunteer to Professional
  • The Social Construction of a Family Sociologist
  • Orchestrating Differences: The Making of a Family Psychologist
  • Reflections of a Psychologist Turned Relationship/Family Scientist
  • Soft Ideas and Hard Methods: Family Sociologist or Social Psychologist?
  • The Admiral's Son with an Independent Spirit
  • Trying to Make Sense of Self: A Work in Progress
  • Part V: Independent Spirits
  • Independent Spirits
  • Evelyn Duvall's Life
  • Migration into Middle Class: Social Capital at Work
  • How a Kid from the North Woods Got Lucky
  • Mountains, Mormonism, Marriage, and Family: Life and Career Reflections
  • The Way Things Were and Still Are
  • Observing Families: Their Contexts and Consequences
  • An Interest in Lost Persons
  • Treads in My Professional Career
  • Life Course Reflections
  • Everyday Life in Family Scholarship and Family Life: Sketches and Interpretations
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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