Marriages and Families

Marriages and Families : Changes, Choices, and Constraints

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For courses in Marriage and Family, Sociology of Family, Family Studies/Relationships in departments of Sociology, Family Studies, and Psychology.Exceptionally comprehensive, innately interesting, and extremely readable, this best-selling text introduces students to the study of contemporary marriages and families in ways to which they can easily relate. It examines the diversity of American families-giving equal attention to all racial, ethnic, and other societal groups-and examines not only the choices, but the constraints that often limit our family-related choices today. This open-minded approach, combined with a set of practical guidelines presented in each chapter, encourages students to think and act for themselves-and thereby join the effort to resolve some of the crucial issues confronting 21st century families. Although written from a sociological perspective, the text incorporates material from other disciplines as well-e.g., history, economics, social work, psychology, law, biology, and anthropology-all supported by both quantitative and qualitative research-most from the mid to late more

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  • Hardback | 570 pages
  • 215.9 x 269.24 x 30.48mm | 1,406.13g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 4th edition
  • 0130341770
  • 9780130341778

About Nijole V. Benokraitis

Nijole V Benokraitis, professor of sociology at the ', University of Baltimore, has taught the Marriage 'and Family course for 18 years and says it's her 'favorite class, although her courses in Racial and Ethnic Relations and Gender Roles run a close second. Professor Benokraitis received a B.A. in Sociology and English from Emmanuel College, a M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a strong proponent of applied sociology and requires her students to enhance their study of course topics through interviews, direct observation, and other hands-on learning methods. She also enlists her students in community-service activities, such as tutoring and mentoring inner-city high school students, writing to government officials and other decision makers about specific social problems, and volunteering research services to nonprofit organizations. Professor Benokraitis, who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania with her family when she was six years old, is bilingual and bicultural. She has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited Contemporary Ethnic Families in the United States: Characteristics, Variations, and Dynamics (Prentice Hall, 2002), Feuds about Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives (Prentice Hall, 2000); Subtle Sexism: Current Practices and Prospects for Change (Sage, 1997); Modern Sexism: Blatant, Subtle, and Covert Discrimination, 2nd Edition (Prentice Hall, 1995); Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 5th Edition (Prentice Hall, 2001); and Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity: Action, Inaction, and Reaction (Westview Press, 1978). Professor Benokraitis has published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as institutional racism, discrimination against women in government and higher education, fathers in two-earner families, displaced homemakers, and family policy. She has served as both chair and graduate program director of the University of Baltimore's Department of Sociology and has chaired numerous university committees. The recipient of grants and fellowships from many institutions, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ford Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Administration on Aging, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has for some time served as a consultant in the areas of sex and race discrimination to women's commissions, business groups, colleges and universities, and programs of the federal government, and she has made several appearances on radio and television on gender communication differences and single-sex educational institutions. She currently serves on the editorial board of Women & Criminal Justice. Professor Benokraitis lives in Maryland with her husband, Dr. Vitalius Benokraitis, Chair of the Computer and Information Sciences Department at Shepherd College, West Virginia. They have two children, Gema and Andrius. The author looks forward (and always responds) to comments on this 4th Edition of Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices, and Constraints. She can be contacted at University of BaltimoreDivision of Criminology,Criminal Justice,and Social Policy1420 North Charles StreetBaltimore, MD 21201Voicemail: 410-837-5294Fax: 410-837-5061E-mail: nbenokraitis@ubmail.ubalt.edushow more

Table of contents

I. MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY IN PERSPECTIVE. 1. The Changing Family. 2. Studying Marriage and the Family. 3. The Family in Historical Perspective. II. THE INDIVIDUAL AND DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS. 4. Gender Roles and Socialization. 5. Love and Loving Relationships. 6. Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life. III. INDIVIDUAL AND MARITAL COMMITMENTS. 7. Choosing Others: Dating and Mate Selection. 8. Singlehood, Cohabitation, and Other Nonmarital Living Arrangements. 9. Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships. IV. PARENTS AND CHILDREN. 10. To Be or Not to Be a Parent: More Choices, More Constraints. 11. Raising Children: Contemporary Prospects and Pitfalls. 12. Racial and Ethnic Families: Strengths and Stresses. V. CONFLICTS AND CRISES. 13. Families and Work: Facing the Economic Squeeze. 14. Family Violence and Other Crisis-Related Issues in Family Life. 15. Separation and Divorce. VI. CHANGES AND TRANSITIONS. 16. Remarriage and Stepfamilies: Life After Divorce. 17. Aging and Family Life: Grandparents, the Widowed, and Caregivers. 18. The Family in the Twenty-First Century. APPENDICES. Appendix A: Sexual Anatomy. Appendix B: Sexual Problems, Dysfunctions, and Treatment. Appendix C: Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. Appendix D: Birth Control and Disease-Prevention Techniques. Appendix E: HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually-Transmitted Diseases. Appendix F: Premarital and Nonmarital Agreements. Glossary. more

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