Families and their Social Worlds

Series
Pearson
Author
Karen T Seccombe  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
532
Pub.-date
November 2013
ISBN13
9781292040752
ISBN
1292040750
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For undergraduate courses in the sociology of the family.

Focuses on studying the family through a sociological lens.

Families and Their Social Worlds discusses how the family is viewed on a macro level, by examining policies in place and how those policies impact families. The author encourages students to think about families beyond their own personal experiences, and even beyond family structure in the United States. Her goal is to impart a passion for critical thinking as students see that families exist within social worlds. Important policy considerations are imbedded in each chapter to illustrate what is currently being done, and perhaps even more importantly, what can be done to strengthen families and intimate relationships.

Features

THEMES OF THE TEXT

I. Explores the private side of family life together with the public, institutional nature of the “the Family” through a sociological lens.

II. Sociological approach - multi-disciplinary research is integrated throughout while showing students how to see 'the Family' with a sociological imagination.

III. Social Policy - this text shows how institutions and public policy affect the family.

CHAPTER FEATURES TO SUPPORT THE THEMES OF THE TEXT

Within each chapter, there are several types of features (at least three per chapter) that illustrate important themes and all include critical thinking questions:

  • Chapter Preview introduces students to the main topics in every chapter. Also, a chapter-opening vignette draws students into the narrative.
  • Eye on the World presents national and global maps that highlight regional or global differences on relevant topics (e.g., fertility rates, income inequality; the elderly population; infant mortality; status of women) and include several critical-thinking questions per map.
  • Families as Lived Experience provides personal stories that clearly illustrate the concepts of that chapter (e.g., transracial adoption; a parent’s view of pressure on young girls to wear sexy clothing; a career-oriented woman discusses what it is like to have children; rebuilding a relationship after a divorce; and celebrating a 105th birthday).
  • Social Policies for Families highlight specific policies that can be used to support families, including their origin, implementation, and consequences (e.g., Social Security; the poverty line reform; health care; family leave policies; antimiscegenation laws).
  • Our Global Community provides an in-depth look at family issues in another culture (e.g., trafficking of girls; Japanese divorce and custody laws; transnational families; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; concepts of adolescence in nonindustrialized societies; marriage and nepotism in Iraq).
  • Using the Sociological Imagination illustrates the diversity in family experiences (e.g., a personal ad for polygamy; changing Hispanic views of gender; historical relationship between love and marriage; immigrant children’s views of American families and the transgendered experience).
  • Each chapter ends with a Conclusion, a list of Key Terms with definitions and page references, and a Resources on the Internet section.

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New to this Edition

Overarching changes include:

  • Family strength and resilience - a more explicit and expanded focus.
  • Communication in relationships - an expanded discussion.
  • Global content - increased coverage shows students the importance of globalization and its effect on families.
  • Chapter 13: Violence and Abuse has been reorganized to reflect contemporary topics such as, sadly, the wider variety of intimate partner violence.
  • “What Do You Think?” questions strategically placed in chapters to encourage students to think critically, integrate material from other chapters, and apply the information to their own lives.
  • Three feature boxes per chapter - selected from Families as Lived Experience, Our Global Community, Using the Sociological Imagination, and Social Policies for Families. New boxes cover timely and interesting topics for today’s students.
  • Updated statistic throughout using the freshest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, CDC, United Nations, Population Reference Bureau, and other government and international organizations. All tables and figures reflect these updates!
  • New timely topics covered, such as the recession and health care reform. Other topics or trends are thoroughly updated, such as the increase in cohabitation, the rise in unemployment, and the fluctuation in teen birth rates.
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    • Writing and Research – A wide range of writing, grammar and research tools and access to a variety of academic journals, census data, Associated Press newsfeeds, and discipline-specific readings help you hone your writing and research skills.

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

Chapter 1:

  • A thorough discussion of family strength and resilience
  • How the ideology of “family” shapes the perceptions of immigrant children

Chapter 2:

  • A comparison of family structures in India, Japan, and Sweden

Chapter 4:

  • “Social Policy and Family Resilience” feature on family planning in developing nations
  • Female genital cutting
  • The sexualization of preteen girls

Chapter 5:

  • “Social Policy and Family Resilience” feature on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • The government sanctioned class structure in Britain

Chapter 6:

  • “Social Policy and Family Resilience” feature on affirmative action
  • Legal and illegal immigration
  • “Our Global Community” feature on interracial and international adoptions
  • “What Do You Think” questions–“Have you ever witnessed or experienced prejudice or discrimination? What did it feel like? How did you respond?”
  • Arizona’s recent immigration law

Chapter 7:

  • “Social Policy and Family Resilience” feature on civil unions vs. same sex marriage
  • Arranged marriage in India and other parts of the world
  • The la

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:  

 

Chapter 1:    Families and the Sociological Imagination  

Chapter 2:    Families Throughout the World: Marriage, Family, and Kinship  

Chapter 3:    Families Throughout History  

Chapter 4:    Sex, Gender, and Families  

Chapter 5:    Social Stratification, Social Class, and Families  

Chapter 6:    Race, Ethnicity, and Families  

Chapter 7:   Courtship, Intimacy, and Partnering  

Chapter 8: Marriage: A Personal Relationship and Social Institution  

Chapter 9: Becoming a Parent  

Chapter 10:  Raising Children  

Chapter 11:  Violence and Abuse  

Chapter 12:  Families and the Work They Do  

Chapter 13:  Aging Families  

Chapter 14:  Divorce and Repartnering  

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Part I: Understanding Families and Their Social Worlds

 

Chapter 1: Families and the Sociological Imagination  

  What Are Families?

  The Sociological Imagination

  Familes and Social Change

  The State and Family Policy

  Themes of This Book

  Conclusion

 

Chapter 2: Families Throughout the World: Marriage, Family, and Kinship  

  Functions of the Family: Variations and Universals

  Differences in Marriage and Family Pattern

  Patterns of Power and Authority

  Patterns of Kinship, Descent, and Inheritance

  Patterns of Residence

  Modernization Theory: Social Change and Families

  World Systems Theory: Social Change and Families

  Families Around the World

  Conclusion

 

Chapter 3: Families Throughout History  

  Why Study Family History?

  Families in Preindustrial Socities

  Family Life in Preindustrial United States

  American Families in the Nineteenth Century

  Families in the Twentieth Centry: The Rise of the 'Modern' Family

  Recent Family Issues and Their Historical Roots

  Conclusion

 

Chapter 4: Sex, Gender, and Families  

  Sex and Gender: What's the Difference?

  Where Do We Learn Gender?

  The Pitfalls of Masculinity

  Institutional Sex Discrimination: Patriarchy

  Does Patriarchy Exist in Western Nations?

  Implications for Families

  Social Policy and Family Resilience

  Conclusion

 

Chapter 5: Social Stratification, Social Class, and Families  

  Social Class and Family Relationships

  What Is Social Stratification?

  Social Class in the United States

  Family Focus, How Calss Matters: Health, Health Insurance, and Family Well-Being

  Families in Poverty

  Social Policy and Family Resilience

  Conclusion

 

Chapter 6: Race, Ethnicity, and Families  

  Increasing