Handbook of Family Diversity

Handbook of Family Diversity

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The status of the American family has been the topic of considerable debate in recent years. As demographic changes make the country more multicultural and as new types of families continue to form and become more common, it is essential for sociologists, social workers, family researchers, and psychologists to understand the full range of diversity in American families. However, to varying extents, African American families, Latino families, Asian American families, poverty-stricken and near-poor families, lesbian and gay families, single-parent families, and stepfamilies have been marginalized from mainstream scholarship. As a result, students taking courses on families are typically not exposed to the experiences of these groups. The Handbook of Family Diversity fills this gap in scholarship by providing a comprehensive discussion of several key dimensions where families differ: race, socioeconomic status, family structure, sexual orientation, and gender. It is designed to inform and broaden the debate among students, family scholars, practitioners, and policymakers as to what constitutes a family and how families should function. Featuring commissioned chapters by prominent scholars from a variety of fields, The Handbook of Family Diversity discusses different types of families from widely varying social and economic backgrounds. These authoritative yet highly readable essays discuss important public policy issues pertaining to family diversity and describe the everyday realities of family interactionsthe tensions and dynamics of intimacy, support, control, communication, and conflict. Multiple disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are presented throughout the volume, providing evidence that there is no unified or monolithic perspective on families. Emphasizing the most current and cutting edge knowledge on family diversity, The Handbook of Family Diversity sets a new standard for research in this important and vital area of study.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 190.5 x 234.4 x 22.1mm | 789.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 figures
  • 0195120396
  • 9780195120394

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The Handbook is a valuable resource for those who are studying or considering a career in the social sciences, those who conduct research in or related to family, clinicians, and policy makers. The editors and authors of this work provide unique and compelling perspectives that are likely to confront and contradict readers who maintain strictly traditional models of family. The work offers an eclectic array of approaches that is both challenging and persuasive. It does not promote particular family forms, but respects all and denounces academic theory and practice that connotes exclusivism and injustice. Above all, the Handbook advances the understanding of family diversity. INTAMS review An extraordinary collection of essays, which promotes and illustrates a most comprehensive understanding of "family diversity" ... The editors' explicit dedication to inclusivity and to new conceptual models of family is an ever-present theme that connects the range of topics addressed ... The Handbook is undeniably a provocative and welcome contribution to social-scientific research. INTAMS reviewshow more

Table of contents

Foreword ; Acknowledgments ; PART I. INTRODUCTION ; 1. An Overview of Family Diversity: Controversies, Questions, and Values ; PART II. REFLECTIONS ON FAMILY DIVERSITY: PAST AND PRESENT ; 2. Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity ; 3. Diversity of Family Structure: Economic and Social Influences ; PART III. GENDER DYNAMICS IN FAMILIES ; 4. Gender, Marriage, and Diverse Possibilities for Cross-Sex and Same-Sex Pairs ; 5. Gender and Parent-Child Relations, ; 6. Gender and Intergenerational Relationships, ; 7. Kinship and Gender ; PART IV. FAMILY STRUCTURE AND DIVERSITY ; 8. Diversity Within Single-Parent Families ; 9. Diversity Among Stepfamilies ; 10. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Families ; 11. Older Adults and Their Families, ; PART V. RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND CULTURAL DIVERSITIES IN FAMILIES ; 12. Diversity Within African American Families ; 13. Diversity Within Latino Families: New Lessons for Family Social Science ; 14 ; PART VI. CLASS DIVERSITIES IN FAMILIES ; 15. Poverty and Economic Hardship in Families ; 16. Diversity in Family Structure: Effects on Schooling, ; PART VII. APPLICATIONS FOR WORKING WITH FAMILIES ; 17. Culture and Narrative as Central Metaphors for Clinical Practice with Families ; 18. Family Diversity and Family Life Education ; 19. Family Diversity and Family Policy ; PART VIII. CONCLUSION ; 20. Family Diversity and Intersecting Categories: Toward a Richer Approach to Multiple Roles ; 21. The Handbook's Tail: Toward Revels or a Requiem for Family Diversity? ; 22. Family Diversity in the 21st Century: Implications for Research, Theory, and Practiceshow more