Handbook of Family Diversity

Paperback | November 15, 1999

EditorDavid H. Demo, Katherine R. Allen, Mark A. Fine

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The status of the American family has been the topic of considerable debate in recent years. As demographic changes make our 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 beenmarginalized 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 andeconomic backgrounds. These authoritative yet highly readable essays discuss important public policy issues pertaining to family diversity and describe the everyday realities of family interactions--the tensions and dynamics of intimacy, support, control, communication, and conflict. Multipledisciplinary, 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 newstandard for research in this important and vital area of study.

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The status of the American family has been the topic of considerable debate in recent years. As demographic changes make our 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...

David H. Demo is at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Katherine R. Allen is at Virginia Tech..

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.4 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Kathleen Gerson: ForewordAcknowledgmentsPART I. Introduction1. Kathleen R. Allen, Mark A. Fine, and David H. Demo: An Overview of Family Diversity: Controversies, Questions, and ValuesPART II. Reflections on Family Diversity: Past and Present2. Stephanie Coontz: Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity3. Jay D. Teachman: Diversity of Family Structure: Economic and Social InfluencesPART III. Gender Dynamics in Families4. Virginia Rutter and Pepper Schwartz: Gender, Marriage, and Diverse Possibilities for Cross-Sex and Same-Sex Pairs5. Gary Peterson, Denise Ann Bodman, Kevin R. Bush, and Debra Madden-Derdich: Gender and Parent-Child Relations,6. Debra Umberson and Ellen Slaten: Gender and Intergenerational Relationships,7. Colleen L. Johnson: Kinship and GenderPART IV. Family Structure and Diversity8. Paul R. Amato: Diversity Within Single-Parent Families9. E. Mavis Hetherington and Margaret Stanley-Hagan: Diversity Among Stepfamilies10. Ritch C. Savin-Williams and Kristin G. Esterberg: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Families11. Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford and Rosemary Blieszner: Older Adults and Their Families,PART V. Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversities in Families12. Ronald L. Taylor: Diversity Within African American Families13. Maxine Baca Zinn and Barbara Wells: Diversity Within Latino Families: New Lessons for Family Social ScienceMasako Ishii-Kuntz: 14PART VI. Class Diversities in Families15. Mark R. Rank: Poverty and Economic Hardship in Families16. Doris R. Entwisle and Karl L. Alexander: Diversity in Family Structure: Effects on Schooling,PART VII. Applications for Working With Families17. Joan Laird: Culture and Narrative as Central Metaphors for Clinical Practice with Families18. Judith A. Myers-Walls: Family Diversity and Family Life Education19. Richard M. Lerner, Elizabeth E. Sparks, and Laurie D. McCubbin: Family Diversity and Family PolicyPART VIII. Conclusion20. Stephen R. Marks and Leigh A. Leslie: Family Diversity and Intersecting Categories: Toward a Richer Approach to Multiple Roles21. Judith Stacey: The Handbook's Tail: Toward Revels or a Requiem for Family Diversity?22. Mark A. Fine, David H. Demo, and Katherine R. Allen: Family Diversity in the 21st Century: Implications for Research, Theory, and Practice