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Classic and Contemporary Readings



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Families and Society: Classic and Contemporary Readings by Scott Coltrane
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This reader is designed to promote a sociological understanding of families, while at the same time demonstrating the diversity and complexity of contemporary family life. The different parts or sections of the reader are designed to "map" onto most sociology of the family textbooks and course syllabi.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Families and Society: A Conceptual Overview. Preface. Families and Society. 1. DEFINING FAMILY. 1. Rose Laub Coser, "The Family: Its Structure and Functions." 2. Dorothy Smith, "The Standard North American Family as an Ideological Code." 3. Paul Cantor, "The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family." 2. SEX AND ROMANCE. 4. Kingsley Davis, "Jealousy and Sexual Property: An Illustration." 5. Eva Illouz, "An All Consuming Love." 6. Erich Goode, "Gender and Courtship Entitlement: Responses to Personal Ads." 7. Pepper Schwartz and Virginia Rutter, "Teenage Sexuality." 3. MARRIAGE AND COHABITATION. 8. Harriet Martineau, "Marriage." 9. Pamela Smock, "Cohabitation in the United States." 10. Stephanie Coontz, "The Future of Marriage." 11. Angela Bolte, "Do Wedding Dresses Come in Lavendar?" 4. REPRODUCTION, BIRTH AND BABIES. 12. Leta Hollingworth, "Social Devices for Impelling Women to Bear and Rear Children." 13. John Gillis, "Mothers Giving Birth to Motherhood. 14. Susan Walzer, "Thinking About the Baby." 15. Barbara Katz Rothman, "Daddy Plants a Seed: Personhood Under Patriarchy." 5. CHILDHOOD SOCIALIZATION. 16. Margaret Mead, "Sex and Temperament." 17. Betty Farrell, "Childhood." 18. Michele Adams and Scott Coltrane, "Boys and Men in Families." 6. MOTHERHOOD. 19. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Motherhood." 20. Bonnie Thorton Dill, "Fictive Kin, Paper Sons, and Compadrazgo." 21. Pierrette Hondagneu Sotelo and Ernestine Avila, "The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood" 7. FATHERHOOD. 22. Jessie Bernard, "The Good-Provider Role: Its Rise and Fall " 23. Nicholas Townsend, "Marriage, Work and Fatherhood in Men"s Lives." 24. Susan Faludi, "A Christian Quest for Manhood." 8. FAMILIES AND WORK. 25. Melvin Kohn, "The Effects of Social Class on Parental Values." 26. Lillian Rubin, "Families on the Fault Line." 27. Francine Deutsch, "Equality Works." 28. Christopher Carrington, "The Political Economy of Constructing Family." 9. DIVORCE. 29. John Stuart Mill, "Early Essays on Marriage and Divorce." 30. Karla Hackstaff, "Wives" Marital Work in a Culture of Divorce." 31. Demie Kurz, "How Marriages End." 10. MULTIPLE FAMILIES. 32. Jessie Bernard, "Remarriage." 33. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, "Research on Stepparenting Families." 34. Stephen D. Sugarman, "Single Parent Families." 35. Christine Ward Gailey, "Adoptive Families in the United States." 11. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 36. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Man-Made Family." 37. Neil Jacobson and John Gottman, "Basic Facts about Battering: Myths vs. Realities." 38. Murray Straus, "Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishment." 12. FAMILIES OVER THE LIFE COURSE. 39. Kingsley Davis, "The Sociology of Parent-Youth Conflict." 40. Karen Pyke, "The Normal American Family" as an Interpretive Structure of Family Life Among Grown Children of Korean and Vietnamese Immigrants." 41. John Logan and Glenna Spitze, "Extending the Family." 13. FAMILY POLICY. 42. Nancy Hooyman and Judith Gonyea, "Defining Family Policy." 43. Sharon Hays, "Work, the Family, and Welfare." 44. Sandra Hofferth, Deborah Phillips, and Natasha Cabrera, "Public Policy and Family and Child Well-Being." 45. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, "Creating a Caring Society." GLOSSARY.

Author Biography

Dr. Coltrane has written about the inter-relationships among fatherhood, motherhood, marriage, parenting, domestic labor, popular culture, ethnicity, and structural inequality. Results of his research have been published in various scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Sex Roles, and Gender and Society. Professor Coltrane is author of Gender and Families, Family Man, and coauthor (with Randall Collins) of Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender, Love, and Property. Dr. Coltrane serves as Associate Director of the UCR Center for Family Studies and is Co-Principal Investigator (with Ross D. Parke) of FAMILIES FIRST, an NIH funded longitudinal study of Mexican-American and European-American families. He is the 2000/2001 President of the Pacific Sociological Association.
Release date NZ
August 27th, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
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