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Public and Private Families : Reader (5TH 08 - Old Edition)


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This reader examines the family through two lenses--the familiar private family, in which we live our personal lives, and the public family, in which we deal with broader societal issues, such as raising the next generation, and the care of the elderly. Consequently, these readings look both at intimate, personal concerns, such as whether to marry, as well as societal concerns, such as governmental policies that affect families. The reader corresponds exactly to and is published concurrent with Cherlins textbook Public and Private Families: An Introduction; both the textbook and the reader have 15 same-named chapters.

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This supplementary text for a course in the sociology of the family contains 29 readings that examine the family from within and without. Just a few of the themes and issues explored: interracial marriage, multigenerational bonds, and the modern American stepfamily. The readings are organized into 15 chapters, which correspond to the chapters in Cherlin's fifth edition textbook, titled Public and Private Families: An Introduction. Nearly half of the readings are new to the fifth edition. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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

(* indicates a new reading)


Part One: Introduction

Chapter 1: Public and Private Families

"A 'Quieting' of Family Change" (Lynne M. Casper and Suzanne M. Bianchi)

"From Role to Self: The Emergence of Androgynous Love in the 20th Century" (Francesca M. Cancian)

Chapter 2: The History of the Family

* "What's Love Got To Do With It? A Brief History of Marriage." (Stephanie Coontz)

* "Growing Up is Harder To Do" (Frank F. Furstenbrg, Jr. Sheela Kennedy, Vonnie C. McLoyd, Ruben G. Rumbaut, and Richard A. Setterson, Jr.)

Part Two: Gender, Class, and Race-Ethnicity

Chapter 3: Gender and Families

"Doing Gender" (Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman

"Feeding as 'Women's Work'" (Marjorie L. DeVault)

Chapter 4: Social Class and Families

* "Ain't No Middle Class" (Susan Sheehan)

"Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black and White Families" (Annette Lareau)

Chapter 5: Race, Ethnicity and Families

"'I'm here, but I'm There:' The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood" (Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila)

* "Breaking the Last Taboo: Interracial Marriage in America" (Zhenchao Qian)

Part Three: Sexuality, Partnership, and Marriage

Chapter 6: Sexualities

"Sexual Desire and Gender" (Pepper Schwartz and Virginia Rutter)

* "Living Apart Together: A New Family Form" (Irene Levin)

Chapter 7: Cohabitation and Marriage

* "'Everything's There Except Money': How Money Shapes Decisions to Marry Among Cohabitors" (Pamela J. Smock, Wendy D. Manning, and Meredith Porter)

* "Umarried with Children" (Kathyrn Edin and Maria Kefalas)

Chapter 8: Work and Families

"The Cost of Caring" (Paula England and Nancy Folbre)

"Joeys Problem: Nancy and Evan Holt" (Arlie Russell Hochschild)

Part Four: Links across the Generations

Chapter 9: Children and Parents

* "The Evangelical Family Paradox: Conservative Rhetoric, Progress Practice" (W. Branford Wilcox and John P. Bartkowski)

* "Gay Parenthood and the Decline of Paternity as We Knew It" (Judith Stacey)

Chapter 10: The Elderly and Their Families

"Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Increasing Importance of Multigenerational Bonds" (Vern L. Bengtson)

"Men and Women: Together and Apart in the Later Years" (Katherine S. Newman)

Part Five: Conflict, Disruption, and Reconstitution

Chapter 11: Domestic Violence

* "The Influence of Physical and Sexual Abuse on Marriage and Cohabitation" (Andrew J. Cherlin, Linda M. Burton, Tera R. Hurt, and Diane M. Purvin)

* "Domestic Violence: "The Intersection of Gender and Control" (Michael P. Johnson)

Chapter 12: Divorce

"Life Without Father: What Happens to the Children" (Sara McLanahan)

"'Doing' Post-Divorce Childhood" (Carol Smart, Bren Neale, and Amanda Wade)

Chapter 13: Remarriage and Stepfamilies

* "The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities"

"Overlooked Aspects of Stepfathering" (William Marsiglio)

Part Six: Family and Society

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

* "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare" (Jason DeParle)

* "Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America's Children" (William Meezan and Jonathan Rauch)

Chapter 15: Social Change and Families

"Family Change and Family Diversity" (Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr.)

Product Details

Cherlin, Andrew J.
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Cherlin, Andrew
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Family policy
Sociology-Children and Family
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