Choices and Constraints in Family Life by Maureen BakerChoices and Constraints in Family Life by Maureen Baker

Choices and Constraints in Family Life

byMaureen Baker

Paperback | January 10, 2014

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Series: a href=""Themes in Canadian Sociology/aUsing an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the latest research in sociology, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies, this text expertly traces how families have changed over time and reveals how both personal preferences and social circumstances influence family relationships andsociety's shared perception of the family.
Maureen Baker is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a senior researcher for Canada's Parliament, specializing in social policy issues relating to families and women. From 1990 to 1997, she was an associate professor and professor at McGill University. ...
Title:Choices and Constraints in Family LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.61 inPublished:January 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContentsList of Tables and BoxesPreface and Acknowledgements1. Variations in Family LifeLearning ObjectivesIntroductionDefining FamiliesHistorical Changes in Marriage and FamiliesFamily Policies and the StateGender, Class, Ethnicity, and Family PoliciesCultural and Historical Variations in Families- Family Structure- Authority and Lineage- Marriage System- Multiculturalism and Cultural ClashesConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites2. Theorizing and Researching Family LifeLearning ObjectivesIntroductionSocial Structure Shapes Family PatternsInterpersonal Factors Shape Family LifeIdeas, Global Culture, and Public Discourse Influence Family LifeTheoretical Framework Used in This BookMethods of Family ResearchConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites3. Forming Intimate RelationshipsLearning ObjectivesIntroductionThe Social Regulation of Sexuality and Courtship- Dating and Sexuality in the Past- Early Patterns of Courtship and EngagementCurrent Dating and Sexual Practices- Dating Abuse- Remaining Single- Finding Partners: Advertising versus TraditionThe Transition from Dating to CohabitationRising Rates of CohabitationThe Social and Policy Implications of Increased CohabitationConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggessted Websites4. Formalizing RelationshipsLearning ObjectivesIntroductionNegotiating the Transition from Cohabitation to MarriageWho Marries Whom?The Rise in Same-Sex MarriageLegal Marriage RatesCultural Practices in Marriage- Preferred Marriage Partners and the Exchange of Gifts- Residence, Relations with Kin, and SurnamesWestern Weddings and Marriage PracticesMarriage QualityMale Violence against Female PartnersBarriers to Legal MarriageConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites5. Child-bearing, Child-rearing, and ChildhoodLearning ObjectivesIntroductionParenting and Childhood in the PastFertility PatternsWhy Have Children?Assisted Conception and SurrogacyPregnancy and Maternity PracticesChild-rearing Practices- Socialization and Gender Roles- Research on Fathering- Same-Sex Parenting- Parenting Challenges and Children's Well-BeingThe Extension of AdolescenceChild Welfare IssuesState Support for Child-rearingConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites6. Household Work and MoneyLearning ObjectivesIntroductionCohabitation, Marriage, and Housework- Early Studies of Household Work- Current Studies on Houshold Work- Household Work, Paid Work, and StressHousehold Money and Wealth AccumulationChanging Labour MarketsGender and Work- Employment and ParenthoodDealing with "Child Poverty"Parental Leave and Child-Care SubsidiesConclusion: The Growing Impact of Paid Work on Family LifeQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites7. Separation, Divorce, and Re-partneringLearning ObjectivesIntroductionWhy Are So Many Couples Separating?Outcomes of Separation and DivorceFamily and Divorce Laws- Marriage, Gender, and Property- Reforms in Child Custody and Residence Patterns- Reforms in Child-Support Assessment and EnforcementChildren, Separation, and DivorceRemarriage and StepfamiliesConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites8. Mid-life, Aging, and RetirementLearning ObjectivesIntroductionThe Changing Meaning of AgingLife Expectancy, the Life Cycle, and AgingMid-Life: Is It a Time of Security or Crisis?Life Satisfaction and Marriage StabilityGrandparenting and WidowhoodRetirement Income and PensionsBecoming Frail or DisabledDoes Aging Make People More Conservative?ConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested Websites9. Constraints on Personal ChoicesLearning ObjectivesIntroductionPredicting Future Family Patterns- Will People Still Get Married?- Will People Still Have Children?- How Will Couples Combine Earning and Caring?- Will Couples Stay Together?- Will Aging Be a Problem?The Future of Family StudiesQuestions for Critical ThoughtQuestions for DebateSuggested ReadingsSuggested WebsiteGlossaryReferencesIndex