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Contemporary Ethnic Families in the United States: Characteristics, Variations, and Dynamicsby Nijole V. Benokraitis
Synopses & Reviews
Designed to increase readers' awareness of healthful family processes across and within ethnic households, this book features 45 accessible, non-technical articles on 9 substantive family-related issues. Organized by topics rather than ethnic groups, it features selections that examine the intersections of social class, age, sexual orientation, gender differences, and intragroup variations. It provides selections that are representative of the increasing "heterogeneity of diversity" of contemporary ethnic families in the U.S. Features representative articles on five ethnic groups--African-Americans (including African and Caribbean families); Latinos (including Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Puerto Rican-Americans); Asian-Americans (including Korean-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Filipino-Americans, Pacific Islanders, Vietnamese-Americans, Cambodian-Americans, Indian Americans, and Laotian-Americans); American Indians; and Middle Eastern Americans (including Arab-Americans and Muslim families). Explores the ethnic families' characteristics, variations, and dynamics in terms of socialization, gender roles, marriage and communication, parenting, work and discrimination, social class, violence and other family crises, separation and divorce, and family caregiving and aging. For professionals in healthcare and practitioners who work with ethnic families.
Book News Annotation:
This anthology presents recent articles on African American, Latino, Caribbean, Asian, and Middle Eastern American families. Articles were selected for readability and recent data, and show how ethnic families change over time as they interact with the dominant culture. Some articles compare ethnic family structures with non-Latin white families. Articles examine both large and small immigrant populations, and reflect a mixture of national-level surveys and in-depth analysis based on small studies, presenting a variety of research approaches to show students the many ways in which social scientists collect data. This work lacks a subject index.
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About the Author
Nijole V. Benokraitis received her Ph.D. is sociology from the University of Texas, Austin. She is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Baltimore. Dr. Benokraitis has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited Feuds about Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives; Subtle Sexism: Current Practices and Prospects for Change; Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints (3d ed.); Modern Sexism: Blatant, Subtle, and Covert Discrimination (2d ed.); Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology (5th ed.); and Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity: Action, Inaction, and Reaction. She is a member of the editorial board of Women and Criminal Justice, reviews manuscripts for several periodicals, and has published numerous journal articles in the areas of institutional racism, discrimination in government and higher education, and social policy. She has for some time served as a consultant in the areas of sex and race discrimination to women's commissions, business groups, colleges and universities, and state and federal government programs.
Table of Contents
The Changing Ethnic Profile of U.S. Families in the Twenty-First Century, Nijole V. Benokraitis.
1. Socialization and Family Values.
Socialization Concerns in African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latino Families, Ross D. Parke and Raymond Buriel. African American Family Values, Ramona W. Denby. Filipino American Culture and Family Values, Pauline Agbayani-Siewart. Taiwanese American Family Values and Socialization, Franklin Ng. Grandmother to Granddaughter: Learning to Be a Dakota Woman, Angela Cavender Wilson.
2. Gender Roles.
Behind, beside, in front of Him? Black Women Talk about Their Men, Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Grappling with Changing Gender Roles in Dominican American Families, Patricia R. Pessar. Appropriate Gender Roles in Vietnamese American Families, Min Zhou and Carl L. Bankston. Coping with Gender Role Strains in Korean American Families, Moon H. Jo. To Be an Asian Indian Woman in America, Monisha Das Gupta.
3. Cohabitation, Marriage, and Intermarriage.
Black Couples and the “Big C”: The Ring, the Ceremony, Forever, Denene Millner and Nick Chiles. Asian Indian Marriages-Arranged, SemiArranged, or Based on Love?, Johanna Lessinger. Changes in Marital Satisfaction in Three Generations of Mexican Americans, Kyriakos S. Markides, Jan Roberts-Jolly, Laura A. Ray, Sue K. Hoppe, and Laura Rudkin. Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity among Second-Generation Chinese and Korean Americans, Nazli Kibria. Turkish American Intermarriage, Barbara Bilgé.
Fathers' Child-Rearing Involvement in African American, Latino, and White Families, John F. Toth Jr. and Xiaohe Xu. Parenting in Middle-Class Black Families, Susan D. Toliver. Las Comadres as a Parenting Support System, Rebecca A. López. Perspectives of Asian American Parents with Gay and Lesbian Children, Alice Y. Hom. Parenting and the Stress of Immigration among Jordanian Mothers, Marianne Hattar Pollara and Afaf I. Meleis.
5. Work Experiences, Discrimination, and Family Life.
Some Benefits and Costs of Black Dual-Career Commuter Marriages, Anita P. Jackson, Ronald P. Brown, and Karen E. Patterson-Stewart. Chicanas in White-Collar Jobs: “You Have to Prove Yourself More”, Denise A. Segura. Struggling to Succeed: Haitians in South Florida, Alex Stepiek. Central American Workers: New Roles in a New Landscape, Terry A. Repak. Family and Traditional Values: The Bedrock of Chinese American Business, Bernard Wong.
6. The Impact of Social Class.
Are Ethnic and White Middle Classes Booming?, Alison Stein Wellner. Explaining Cuban Americans' Success, Roberto Suro. Puerto Rican Migrants: Juggling Family and Work Roles, Maura I. Toro-Morn. Living Poor: Family Life among Single Parent African American Women, Robin L. Jarrett. Social Class, Interaction, and Perceptions about Other Ethnic Groups: The Case of Korean Americans, Kyeyoung Park.
7. Violence and Other Family Crises.
Risk-Taking Behavior among American Indian, Black, and White Adolescents, Enid Gruber, Ralph J. DiClemente, and Martin M. Anderson. Intergenerational Conflict, Acculturation, and Drug Use among Asian Indian Adolescents, Gauri Bhattacharya. Eating Problems among African American, Latina, and White Women, Becky W. Thompson. Domestic Violence in African American, Asian American, and Latino Communities, Doris Williams Campbell, Beckie Masaki, and Sara Torres. Mistreatment of Vietnamese Elderly by Their Families in the United States, Quyen Kim Le.
8. Marital Conflict, Divorce, and Remarriage.
Divorce and Iranian Immigrants' Attitudes about Gender Roles and Marriage, Mohammadreza Hojat, Reza Shapurian, Danesh Foroughi, Habib Nayerahmadi, Mitra Farzaneh, Mahmood Shafieyan, and Mohin Parsi. Separation and Divorce in Brazilian Immigrant Families, Maxine L. Margolis. Black Men and the Divorce Experience, Erma Jean Lawson and Aaron Thompson. Divorce Mediation among Asian Americans, Roger R. Wong. Latino Fathers and the Child Support Enforcement Experience, Kimberly A. Folse.
9. Grandparenting, Aging, and Family Caregiving.
Sixty-Five Plus in the United States, Robert Bernstein. Intergenerational Assistance within the Mexican American Family, Tracy L. Dietz. Elder Care in Pueblo Indian Families, Catherine Hagan Hennessy and Robert John. Black Grandmothers Raising Their Grandchildren, Antoinette Y. Rodgers-Farmer and Rosa L. Jones. Variations in Asian Grandparenting, Yoshinori Kamo.
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