Toward More Family-Centered Family Sciences

Toward More Family-Centered Family Sciences : Love, Sacrifice, and Transcendence

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Drawing from insights both inside and outside of academia, this book seeks to reincorporate transcendent concepts into the study of the family as a unit of society. The authors argue for a more collaborative, family-centered family science and offer recommendations for how family researchers might work to change the scientific monologue about families to a systemic dialogue with more

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  • Hardback | 406 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126733
  • 9780739126738

About Howard M. Bahr

Howard M. Bahr is professor in the department of sociology at Brigham Young University. Kathleen S. Bahr is associate professor (ret.) in the department of marriage, family, and human development at Brigham Young Universityshow more

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Howard and Kathleen Bahr have given us new and exciting ways to think about critically important but often neglected issues in the family. With an intellectual depth and rigor rarely found in the social sciences, they have challenged the ways scholars too often have viewed family relationships. In addition, they have plowed rich new ground in the understudied and underappreciated domains of love, sacrifice, and transcendence. This book is beautifully and carefully written and deserves wide readership by scholars and students in the social and behavioral sciences. -- David C. Dollahite, Professor of Family Life, Brigham Young University An in-depth look at love, sacrifice, transcendence, and commitment as family processes frequently neglected in scholarly literature...Convincing and well developed...Recommended. CHOICE, January 2010 The Bahrs have produced something remarkable. They argue that our study of humans is losing its humanity-that physics envy in the family sciences frequently blinds us to the meaning of family life, relationships, and work for real folks in the real world. "Mainstream family scholarship is not wrong; it is incomplete," the Bahrs argue. "We would enlarge the circle of illumination, not reduce it" ...and enlarge it they have. Drawing on an expansive range of sources from sociology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, poetry, history, ethnography, and quantitative and qualitative family studies...the authors offer a heart and soul to family science without removing the head. In the end, this is a book that emphasizes meaning over medians, transcendence over T-tests, and potential over pathology. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students will be challenged and broadened. Faculty may be reminded why they fell in love with family studies in the first place. -- Loren Marks, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology, Louisiana State Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Families and Self-Sacrifice Chapter 3 Family Transcendence Chapter 4 Love Chapter 5 Family Spirituality Chapter 6 Family Work Chapter 7 Emotion Work Chapter 8 Family Work as Ritual Chapter 9 Close, Warm, and Particularshow more

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