Synopses & Reviews
This number one seller in the market combines top-notch interdisciplinary research with a unique choices theme, allowing the text to appeal across the spectrum of the market. Lamanna and Riedmann's coverage of American family issues is diverse in its inclusion all family types: working parents, poor and minority families, gay and lesbian couples, and other nontraditional families. In addition to strengthening and thoroughly updating the research base, the authors have added two completely new chapters: Chapter 2, "Social Constructions of Families," which focuses on societal factors and how they affect the family, and Chapter 17 "Aging and Families," which includes new topic coverage on retirement, elder care, and sexuality in old age. At the same time, the authors maintain the humor and personality that has shaped their text into the market leading text it is today.
"The text covers the full range of life experiences using theory and research to show how people's lives develop and evolve from childhood to the later adult years. The feedback from students is that they learn a lot, even though they thought they were pretty well educated in this subject matter."
"I found the material was easy to read as well as interesting. The authors' tone was very invitingàI especially liked their style because it felt as though I was on a tour that had great interactive questions, examples, and facts that helped contribute to the clarity of each chapter's content."
"Superb integration of individual choice / experience with sociological research and theory."
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. Her publications, in addition to this textbook, 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. American Families in Social Construction New! 3. Exploring the Family. Part II: Becoming Partners. 4. Our Gendered Identities. 5. Loving Ourselves and Others. 6. Our Sexual Selves. 7. Being Single: Living Alone, Cohabiting, and Other Options. Part III: Defining Your Marriage and Family. 8. Committing to Each Other. 9. Marriage: A Public and Private Relationship. 10. Communication and Managing Conflict in Marriages and Families. 11. Power and Violence in Marriages and Families. Part IV: Experiencing Family Commitment. 12. To Parent or Not to Parent. 13. Parents and Children Over the Life Course. 14. Work and Family. Part V: Family Change and Crisis. 15. Divorce: Before and After. 16. Remarriages and Stepfamilies. 17. Aging Families New! 18. Family Stress, Crises and Resilience. A. Human Sexual Anatomy. B. Human Sexual Response. C. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. D. Sexual Dysfunction and Therapy. E. Conception, pregnancy, and Childbirth. F. Contraceptive Techniques. G. High-Tech Fertility. H. Marriage and Close Relationship Counseling. I. Managing a Family Budget.