1st Edition

The State of Families Law, Policy, and the Meanings of Relationships

Edited By Jennifer Reich Copyright 2021
    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    The State of Families: Law, Policy, and the Meanings of Relationships collects essential readings on the family to examine the multiple forms of contemporary families, the many issues facing families, the policies that regulate families, and how families—and family life—have become politicized.

    This text explores various dimensions of "the family" and uses a critical approach to understand the historical, cultural, and political constructions of the family. Each section takes different aspects of the family to highlight the intersection of individual experience, structures of inequality—including race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and immigration—and state power. Readings, both original and reprinted from a wide range of experts in the field, show the multiple forms and meanings of family by delving into topics including the traditional ground of motherhood, childhood, and marriage, while also exploring cutting edge research into fatherhood, reproduction, child-free families, and welfare.

    Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the family, The State of Families offers students in the social sciences and professionals working with families new ways to identify how social structure and institutional practice shape individual experience.

    Section I: Defining Families  Introduction  1. The challenge of defining "family" Lynn H. Turner and Richard West   2.Redefining families: Who's in and who's out Martha Minow  3. Child marriage is still legal in the U.S. Nicholas Syrett  4. Family, feminism, and race in America Maxine Baca Zinn  5. More people than ever before are single – and that’s a good thing Bella DePaulo  Section II: Rules of Dating and Courtship  Introduction  6. From front porch to back seat: A history of the date Beth Bailey  7. What meeting your spouse online has in common with arranged marriage Amitrajeet A. Batabyal  8. What’s so cultural about hookup culture? Lisa Wade  9. Straight girls do kiss on campus, but what about those who don’t go to college? Jamie Budnick  10. ‘If I could really say that and get away with it!’ Accountability and ambivalence in American parents' sexuality lessons in the age of abstinence Sinikka Elliott  11. Think teens need the sex talk? Older adults may need it even more Heather Honoré Goltz and Matthew Lee Smith  Section III: Regulating Relationships: Marriage and Partnerships  Introduction  12. The language of (in) visibility: Using in-between spaces as a vehicle for empowerment in the family Katie L. Acosta  13. Mothers and Moneymakers: How Gender Norms Shape US Marriage Migration Politics Gina Marie Longo  14. Polygamy in the United States: How marginalized religious communities cope with stigmatizing discourses surrounding plural marriage Michael K. Ault and Bobbi Van Gilder  15. The Trouble with Tolerance Suzanna Danuta Walters  16. "Women's work"? Women partners of transgender men doing housework and emotion work Carla A. Pfeffer  Section IV: Separation and Divorce  Introduction  17. Have children? Here’s how kids ruin your romantic relationship Matthew D. Johnson  18. Can This Relationship Be Saved? The Legal Profession and Families in Transition Pauline H. Tesler  19. What It's Like to Get a Queer Divorce After Fighting for Marriage Equality" Shannon Weber  20. What type of relationship should I have with my co-parent now we’re divorced? Kristin Natalier  21. Role ambiguity among women providing care for ex-husbands Teresa M. Cooney, Christine M. Proulx, Linley A. Snyder-Rivas, and Jacquelyn J. Benson  22. Why fewer and fewer Americans are getting divorced Tera R. Jordan  Section V: Reproducing Families  Introduction  23. Beyond mothers and fathers: Ideology in a patriarchal society Barbara Katz Rothman  24. Why Coverage of Prescription Contraception Matters for Men as Well as Women Krystale Littlejohn  25. New Evidence about Women’s Experience with Abortion Diana Greene Foster, Rana E. Barar, and Heather Gould  26. Moral women, immoral technologies: How devout women negotiate gender, religion, and assisted reproductive technologies Danielle Czarnecki  27. Race matters in lesbian donor insemination: whiteness and heteronormativity as co-constituted narratives Maura Ryan and Amanda Moras  28. Immigration policies can make the difference between life and death for newborn US children Maria Rodriguez and Jens Hainmuelle  29. Born in the USA: Having a baby is costly and confusing, even for a health policy expert Simon Haeder Section VI: Building Families Through Adoption  Introduction  30. Race and "Value": Black and White Illegitimate Babies, 1945–1965 Rickie Solinger  31. International adoptions have dropped 72 percent since 2005 – here’s why Mark Montgomery and Irene Powell  32. Letting her go: Western adoptive families’ search and reunion with Chinese birth parents Leslie Kim Wang, Iris Chin Ponte, and Elizabeth Weber Ollen  33. "It was the Cadillac of adoption agencies": intersections of social class, race, and sexuality in gay men's adoption narratives Dana Berkowitz  Section VII: Families without Children  Introduction  34. Childless… or childfree? Amy Blackstone  35. Unwomanly conduct: The challenges of intentional childlessness Carolyn M. Morell  36. Infertility through the ages – and how IVF changed the way we think about it Tracey Loughran  37. Hard Evidence: does fertility really ‘drop off a cliff’ at 35? Nicholas Raine-Fenning  Section VIII: Children and Teens in Families  Introduction  38. Where Has Teen Car Culture Gone? Gary Cross  39. For the parents of gender-nonconforming kids, a new approach to care Tey Meadow  40. White families and race: Colour-blind and colour-conscious approaches to white racial socialization Margaret Ann Hagerman  41. When "Helicopters" Go to School: Who Gets Rescued and Who Gets Left Behind? Jessica Calarco  42. Missing school is a given for children of migrant farmworkers Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz  43. Stigma management among children of incarcerated parents Kate Luther  44. Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up Jean Twenge  45. Rituals of Childhood Kieran Healy  Section IX: Experiences and Expectations of Motherhood  Introduction  46. Mothering while disabled Angela Frederick  47. I’ve talked to dozens of parents about why they don’t vaccinate. Here’s what they told me. Jennifer Reich  48. The joy of cooking? Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton  49. The deadly challenges of raising African American boys: Navigating the controlling image of the "thug" Dawn Marie Dow  50. The ‘organic child’ ideal holds mothers to an impossible standard Kate Cairns, Norah MacKendrick, and Josée Johnston  51. "Not My Way, Sesha. Your Way. Slowly": A Personal Narrative on Raising a Child with Profound Intellectual Disabilities Eva Feder Kittay  52. Kids Don’t Damage Women’s Careers — Men Do Jessica Valenti  Section X: Defining Fatherhood  Introduction  53. Organized youth sport and parenting in public and private spaces. Dawn E. Trussell and Susan M. Shaw  54. Who’s your daddy? Don’t ask a DNA test Nara Milanich  55. Biology and Conformity: Expectations of Fathers in Reunification in the Child Welfare System Jennifer Reich  56. Navigating the tricky waters of being a stepdad Joshua Gold  57. I am who I need to be: reflections on parental identity development from a father of a child with disabilities. Shailen Singh  58. Fathers also want to ‘have it all’  Gayle Kaufman  Section XI: Poverty and Family Policy   Introduction  59. As American as apple pie: Poverty and welfare Mark R. Rank  60. How Racism has Shaped Welfare Policy in America since 1935 Alma Carten  61. The Diaper Dilemma Jennifer Randles  62. Why Policies Meant to Discourage Poor Women from Having Children are Ineffective and Punitive Diana Romero and Madina Agénor  63. Negotiating the Discourse of Race within the United States Welfare System. Vicki Lens and Colleen Cary  64. LGBT Poverty in the United States M.V. Lee Badgett, Soon Kyu Choi, Bianca D.M. Wilson  65. What it means to be "under-connected" in lower-income families. Vikki S. Katz  Section XII: Aging  Introduction  66. Aging in Places Stacy Torres  67. Doing it my way: old women, technology and wellbeing Meika Loe  68. Could different cultures teach us something about dementia? Richard Gunderman and Lily Wolf  69. The Perils and Pleasures of Aging: How Women’s Sexualities Change across the Life Course Lisa R. Miller  70. Think You’re Not Having Enough Sex? Try Being A Senior In Assisted Living Elisabeth O. Burgess, Alexis A. Bender, and Christina Barmon  71. Skip fights about digital devices over the holidays – instead, let them bring your family together Shelia Cotten  Epilogue: Future Families







    Jennifer A. Reich is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is the author of two award-winning books, Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System and Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines, and is co-editor of the book Reproduction and Society. Her research examines how individuals and families weigh information and strategize their interactions with the state and service providers in the context of public policy, particularly as they relate to healthcare and welfare.

    The State of Families is an exemplary reader I highly recommend for any introductory course on the family. This collection covers a diverse range of family forms and features new and classic works that address social issues of citizenship, gender and race.

    Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Southern California 

    The collection offers brief, lively essays which shed light on crucial aspects of family life. It is an excellent resource for teaching. Highly recommended!

    Annette Lareau, Author, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life.