The Sociology of the Family

Author: Graham Allan
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 0631202684
Release Date: 1999-06-02
Genre: Social Science

This volume provides students with the essential readings for understanding the dominant issues in the sociology of the family. The editor presents the reader with a collection of important writings that include recent and currently relevant material as well as the rich variety of empirical work conducted in this field.

The Family Issues Reader

Author: Constance L. Shehan
Publisher: Sage Publications, Incorporated
ISBN: 1506306896
Release Date: 2016-12-15

Carefully selected and edited by Constance L. Shehan, The Family Issues Reader is a new anthology of recent articles from one of the leading family science publications, the Journal of Family Issues (SAGE). The 47 articles in this collection follow the scope and sequence of family sociology and family relations courses, and provide a wide range of perspectives on families and intimate relationships. Focusing on families in the United States, the readings reflect a diversity of family experiences along dimensions of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, rural-urban residence, gender, age, and sexual identity/orientation.

Sociology of Families

Author: David M Newman
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 0761987495
Release Date: 2002-02-19
Genre: Social Science

The Second Edition of this comprehensive text on the sociology of the family features: - improved implementation of the 'inductive' teaching style, upon which the book is based - reorganization and restructuring for more flexible teaching - revised demographic essays - 2000 United States Census data incorporated throughout

Random Family

Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439124895
Release Date: 2012-10-23
Genre: Social Science

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

Everyday Sociology Reader

Author: Karen Sternheimer
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393934292
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Genre: Social Science

A lively mix of traditional readings, blog posts, and activities to help students connect sociology to their own lives.

Sociology of Families

Author: Cheryl Albers
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 0761986103
Release Date: 1999-03-11
Genre: Family & Relationships

'Cheryl AlbersÆ reader for use in family sociology courses is a cutting edge collection of articles about cutting edge topics. She addresses nine topics central and critical to family sociology and provided thoughtful articles from diverse perspectives for each, from adolescent childbearing to the construction of family policy. This volume of readings is where the students are. It could enrich any instructor's approach to the burning questions in the field of family sociology.' ''Dana Vannoy, University of Cincinnati''

Contemporary African American Families

Author: Dorothy Smith-Ruiz
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781317200567
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Social Science

For decades the black community has been perceived, both in the United States and around the world, as one which thinks alike, acts alike and lives alike - in poor and downtrodden environments. Following the persistent effects of the great recession and the American elections of 2008, now more than ever the political and socio-economic state of America is crying out for this deficient and prejudiced conception to be dispelled. Focusing primarily on black families in America, Contemporary African American Families updates empirical research by addressing various aspects including family formation, schooling, health and parenting. Exploring a wide class spectrum among African American families, this text also modernizes and subverts much of the research resulting from Moynihan’s 1965 report, which arguably misunderstood the lived experiences of black people during the movement from slavery to freedom in a Jim Crow society. A timely subversion of the myth that America is successfully in a post-racial era, this new anthology on the Black Family in America will appeal to advanced undergraduate students and research scholars interested in black studies, Africana studies, women and gender studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, criminal justice, education, psychology, public policy, healthy policy and social work.

Quakers and the American Family

Author: Barry Levy
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195049763
Release Date: 1992
Genre: History

Americans have an unusually strong family ideology. We believe that morally self-sufficient nuclear households must serve as the foundation of a republican society. In this history, Barry Levy traces this contemporary view of family life all the way back to the Quakers. Levy argues that the Quakers brought a new vision of family and social life to America--one that contrasted sharply with the harsh, formal world of the Puritans in New England. The Quaker emphasis was on affection, friendship and hospitality. They stressed the importance of women in the home, and of self-disciplined, non-coercive childrearing. This book explains how and why the Quakers had such a profound cultural impact (and why more so in Pennsylvania and America than in England); and what the Quakers' experience with their own family system can tell us about American family ideology. Who were the Northwest British Quakers and why did their family system so impress English, French, and New England reformers--Voltaire, Crèvecouer, Brissot, Emerson, George Bancroft, Lydia Maria Child, and Lousia May Alcott, to name just a few? To answer this question, Levy tells the story of a large group of Quaker farmers from their development of a new family and communal life in England in the 1650s to their emigration and experience in Pennsylvania between 1681 and 1790. The book is thus simultaneously a trans-Atlantic community study of the migration and transplantation of ordinary British peoples in the tradition of Sumner Chilton Powell's Puritan Village; the story of the formation and development of a major Anglo-American faith; and an exploration of the origins of American family ideology. --From publisher's description.

Queer Family Values

Author: Valerie Lehr
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 1566396840
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Social Science

The flaw in the fight for gay and lesbian marriage rights, argues Lehr inQueer Family Values, lies in its failure to call into question the forms of oppression—gender, racial, and economic—that lead society to privilege the nuclear family. Lehr calls for activists to counter conservative discourses that see the nuclear family—what Lehr considers a socially defined institution that works to maintain, in various ways, inequalities among people—as the only responsible and mature family alternative. She asks for an approach to family issues and individual liberty that challenges power rather than demands access to privilege. She advocates social policies that enhance the freedom of all people, not simply those gay and lesbian adults seeking to be part of the dominant vision of family in our society. Analyzing recent works on family, gender, race, and class, Lehr shapes a theory of rights, freedom, and democracy that can liberate us from the strictures of conservative hegemony. She also provides practical examples of how activists can work for a more compassionate and caring society. She devotes a chapter, for example, to the responsibilities activists have to lesbian and gay youths, who—unlike other children, who might find refuge from social injustice at home—most often find in the traditional American home homophobia and isolation. Asserting that family care should be seen as a community function,Queer Family Valuesoffers an alternative political strategy focused not on gaining rights, but on enhancing democracy and equality in private life. Author note:Valerie Lehris Associate Professor of Government and Coordinator of Gender Studies at St. Lawrence University.

The Social Dynamics of Family Violence

Author: Angela Hattery
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780429973970
Release Date: 2018-05-15
Genre: Social Science

This compelling text explores family violence throughout the life course, from child abuse and neglect to intimate partner violence and elder abuse. Paying special attention to the social character and institutional causes of family violence, Hattery and Smith ask students to consider how social inequality, especially gender inequality, contributes to tensions and explosive tendencies in family settings. Students learn about individual preventative measures and are also invited to question the justice of our current social structure, with implications for social policy and reorganization. The second edition features a new chapter focusing on institutionalized violence affecting families of the military and police, as well as a discussion on sports and sexual abuse cases occurring on college campuses. Hattery and Smith also examine violence against women globally and relate this to violence in the United States. Unique coverage of same-sex and multicultural couples, as well as of theory and methods, make this text an essential element of any course considering the sociology of family violence.

Inequalities of Love

Author: Averil Y. Clarke
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822350088
Release Date: 2011-07-11
Genre: Social Science

DIVUses quantitative methods and interviews to examine the social and cultural barriers that prevent college-educated black women from having the romantic relationships and families that they want./div

African American Families Today

Author: Angela Hattery
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442213968
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Social Science

From teen pregnancy to athletics, myths about African American families abound. This provocative book debunks many common myths about black families in America, sharing stories and drawing on the latest research to show the realities. As the book shows, racial inequality persists we re clearly not in a postracial society."

Restructuring Family Policies

Author: Maureen Baker
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802085719
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Social Science

Recent years have seen significant changes in the social policies of many liberal welfare-states; this is especially true of social programs for families with children. Increasingly, governments are making family policy trade-offs, reducing support for some families but improving it for others. Why are such trade-offs occurring, and how do governments differ in their approach to family social policy? This study addresses these questions by examining the political, demographic, and socio-economic factors influencing the restructuring of family-related programs in OECD countries. Adopting a feminist political economy approach, Maureen Baker shows that while some governments encourage their citizens to see children as 'future resources,' and promote strong support for reproductive health programs, child welfare services, women's refuges, subsidized childcare, and pay equity, others make these claims while simultaneously reducing family incomes through the deregulation of labour markets and restrictions on income support. Ultimately, Baker demonstrates that nation states with the best outcomes for families offer a variety of social supports, which are increasingly important as global markets reduce economic security for some families while improving the financial situation of others. This study also explores strategies employed by states to incorporate or resist international pressures, and the reasons why some states tenaciously defend their family policy traditions while others restructure according to international guidelines. Drawing from nation-based research, cross-national studies, and international data bases, Restructuring Family Policies successfully integrates mainstream academic debates about restructuring welfare states with feminist research findings and current policy concerns.

Families Change

Author: Christine A. Price
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781483366760
Release Date: 2015-12-24
Genre: Family & Relationships

Learn how contemporary families respond to and handle common stressful life circumstances. Integrating research, theory, and applications, Families & Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions, Fifth Edition offers students an in-depth understanding of family change. Each chapter of this bestselling text presents the latest scholarship from leaders in the field on family change and stressors as well as resources for intervention. Timely topics such as resiliency, LGBT families, and military families are addressed. Editors Christine A. Price, Kevin R. Bush, and Sharon J. Price, cover timely topics such as resiliency, LGBT families, and military families to name just a few.