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Marriages & Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society

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This bestselling marriage and family text combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: "Making choices in a diverse society." The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological and ecological or family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use warmth, humor, and an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and marriage and family alternatives.

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This sociology textbook explores the personal choices people make throughout their lives, acknowledges the current challenge of making family-related decisions in a changing society, and describes the different forms relationships and families can take. The tenth edition updates gender similarity hypotheses, marriage statistics, and research on cohabitation, spanking, divorce outcomes, and stepfamilies. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Mary Ann Lamanna received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 and began a long teaching career in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in that year. In addition to this textbook, her publications include articles on the family, reproductive issues, and women and the law, as well as a book on Emile Durkheim and the family. Teaching areas include family; gender; law and policy; population; and social psychology.Agnes Riedmann is a professor at California State University, Stanislaus. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska. Her publications include the study on fertility in Africa. Current research projects include sibling relationships and the effects of welfare changes on families.

Table of Contents

Part I: A NEW LOOK AT FAMILIAR WORLDS. 1. Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society. 2. Exploring the Family. 3. American Families in Social Context. Part II: INDIVIDUALS and RELATIONSHIPS. 4. Our Gendered Identities. 5. Loving Ourselves and Others. 6. Our Sexual Selves. Part III: DEFINING YOUR MARRIAGE and FAMILY. 7. Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship. 8. Nonmarital Living Arrangements: Living Alone, Same-Sex Couples, and Other Options. 9. Choosing a Marriage Partner, and the First Years of Marriage. Part IV: EXPERIENCING FAMILY COMMITMENT. 10. To Parent or Not to Parent. 11. Raising Children in a Diverse and Multicultural Society. 12. Work and Family. 13. Communication and Conflict. 14. Power and Violence in Marriages and Families. Part V: FAMILY CHANGE, CRISES, AND RESILIENCE. 15. Family Stress, Crises and Resilience. 16. Divorce: Before and After. 17. Remarriages and Stepfamilies. 18. Aging Families. Appendix A-G (online). Appendix H-I (online).

Product Details

Making Choices in a Diverse Society
Wadsworth Publishing
Lamanna, Mary Ann
Lamanna, Mary Ann (Mary Ann Lamanna)
Riedmann, Agnes
Cram101 Textbook Reviews, Textbook Revie
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Publication Date:
January 2008
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
11.05x8.83x.99 in. 3.38 lbs.

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