Close Relations

Close Relations : An Introduction to the Sociology of Families

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Designed for courses in Marriage and the Family, and Sociology of the Family. This Canadian text provides a comprehensive overview of the nature, structure, history, and future of the family. It examines up-to-the-minute topics such as the effects of evolving gender roles and attitudes toward sexual orientation.
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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 180.34 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 680.39g
  • Prentice-Hall (Canada)
  • Scarborough, Canada
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130449334
  • 9780130449337

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Families and Family-like Relationships: Definitions, Theories and Research 2. Historical Perspectives on Canadian Families: Demographic, Social and Economic Origins and Trends. 3. How Families Begin: Dating and Mating. 4. Types of Intimate Couples: Marriage, Cohabitation, Same Sex Relationships and Other Forms. 5. Ways of Being Close: Interaction, Communication, Sex, and Trust. 6. Parenting: Childbearing, Socialization, and Parenting Challenges. 7. The Domestic Division of Labour, Gender, and Housework. 8. Family Dynamics: How Families Face Problems and Get Along. 9. Stress and Violence: Realities of Family Life. 10. Divorce & Ending Relationships: Trends, Myths, Children and Ex-Spouses. 11. Family Transitions & Innovations: Second Families, Empty Nests, Cluttered Nests and New Kinds of Families. 12. A Glimpse Into The Future: Where Do Families Go From Here?
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