Couples, Kids, And Family Life by Jaber F. Gubrium

Couples, Kids, And Family Life

EditorJaber F. Gubrium, James A. Holstein

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Since "family" takes on such highly varied forms, any discussion of what it is, who it is, or what family life is like is bound to be complicated--perhaps even controversial. Couples, Kids, and Family Life examines these issues in an engaging and insightful way, approaching the realm of familyfrom "the inside out." Offering a distinctive view of what the social worlds of family life might look like from the standpoint of "insiders," it examines family perspectives and scenarios though the eyes of partners, parents, children, and significant others. Featuring a series of speciallycommissioned chapters by leading scholars in the field, the book uses real-life examples to present a distinctive look at the social worlds of domestic life. Divided into three parts, Couples, Kids, and Family Life includes discussion questions after each chapter, suggesting ways of approaching the key concerns laid out in each section. Part I, "Couples," focuses on married or soon-to-be married partners, addressing such topics as romanticism andrealism in marriage, the categories of husband and wife, and marital equality. Part II, "Parents and Kids," examines the perspectives of different actors in the family drama, concentrating on their various reactions to domestic challenges like teenagers' whereabouts, using the car, and gendersocialization. Part III, "Rearrangements," deals with family change, including the process of divorce, remarriage, and stepparenting.

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Jaber F. Gubrium is at University of Missouri. James A. Holstein is at Marquette University.
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Title:Couples, Kids, And Family LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:October 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195177908

ISBN - 13:9780195177909

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ContributorsIntroductionPART I: COUPLESEmily Fairchild: 1. "I'm excited to be married, but...": Romance and Realism in MarriageAutumn Behringer: 2. Making Sense of "Husbands" and "Wives"Scott R. Harris: 3. The Everyday Meaning of Marital EqualityPART II: PARENTS AND KIDSRebecca L. Warner: 4. Being a Good ParentDemie Kurz: 5. Keeping Tabs on TeenagersAmy L. Best: 6. Kids, Cars, and Family LifeDaniel Farr: 7. Sissy Boy, Progressive ParentsPART III: REARRANGEMENTSDerek Ball and Peter Kivisto: 8. Couples Facing DivorceSusan Walzer: 9. Children's Stories of DivorceWilliam Marsiglio and Ramon Hinojosa: 10. Stepfathers and the Family Dance