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Nationally recognized for its sound scholarship and balanced approach and written by one of the leading authorities in the field, this text examines the family through two lenses: the familiar private family in which we live mostof our personal lives, and the public family in which we, as adults, deal with broader societal issues such as the care of the elderly, the increase in divorce, and childbearing outside of marriage. The book looks at intimate personal concerns, such as whether to marry, as well as societal concerns, such as governmental policies that affect families. Distinctive chapters – Chapter 9, “Children and Parents;” Chapter 10, “The Elderly and Their Families;” and Chapter 14, “The Family, the State and Social Policy” – examine issues of great current interest, such as income assistance to poor families, the effects of out-of-home childcare, and the costs of the Social Security and Medicare programs.

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In this text for undergraduate students of sociology Cherlin (public policy and sociology, Johns Hopkins U.) discusses the social dynamics of the "private family"--comprising two or more people in a longstanding emotionally intimate relationship--and the "public family"--consisting of the commitment that adults make to society at large (e.g. to provide for the children and the elderly). Coverage includes historical and contemporary contexts; gender, class, and race-ethnicity; sexuality, partnership, and marriage; links across the generations; and conflict, disruption, and reconstitution. While the majority of material speaks to American trends, families in many international societies are discussed throughout the text. Updates in this fifth edition include new coverage of topics including the Mexican-American family, same-sex marriage, Hurricane Katrina's relationship to poverty and family, and the financing of Social Security and Medicaid. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


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About the Author

Andrew J. Cherlin is Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.S. from Yale University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. He is the author of the McGraw-Hill textbook, Public and Private Families: An Introduction. His other books include Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage (revised and enlarged edition, 1992), Divided Families: What Happens to Children when Parents Part (with Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., 1991), The Changing American Family and Public Policy (1988), and The New American Grandparent: A Place in the Family, A Life Apart (with Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., 1986). In 1989-1990 he was chair of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. In 1999 he was president of the Population Association of America, the scholarly organization for demographic research.

In 2005, Professor Cherlin was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He recived the Distinguished Career Award in 2003 from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2001, he received the Olivia S. Nordberg Award for Excellence in Writing in the Population Sciences; and in 1999, he was President of the Population Association of America. He was also received a Merit Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for his research on the effects of family structure onchildren. His recent articles include "The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage," in the Journal of Marriage and Family; "The Influence of Physical and Sexual Abuse on Marriage and Cohabitation," in the American Sociological Review; and "American Marriage in the Early Twenty-First Century," in The Future of Children.

He also has written many articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Newsweek, and other periodicals. He has been interviewed on ABC News Nightline, the Today Show, network evening news programs, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and other news programs and documentaries.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Public and Private Families

Chapter 2: The History of the Family

Part II: Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity

Chapter 3: Gender and Families

Chapter 4: Social Class and Families

Chapter 5: Race, Ethnicity, and Families

Part III: Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage

Chapter 6: Sexualities

Chapter 7: Cohabitation and Marriage

Chapter 8: Work and Families

Part IV: Links Across the Generations

Chapter 9: Children and Parents

Chapter 10: The Elderly and Their Families

Part V: Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution

Chapter 11: Domestic Violence

Chapter 12: Divorce

Chapter 13: Remarriage and Stepfamilies

Part VI: Family and Society

Chapter 14: The Family, the State, and Social Policy

Chapter 15: Social Change and Families

Product Details

Cherlin, Andrew J.
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Cram101 Textbook Reviews, Textbook Revie
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Cherlin, Andrew
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Family policy
Child Care and Parenting-General
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October 2006
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10.28x8.38x1.02 in. 2.82 lbs.

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