Public and Private Families: A Reader

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Designed for courses in sociology of the family, this work covers a variety of topics, including: the history of the family; gender and families; class; race and ethnicity; families and the state; family formation; spouses and partners; and domestic violence.

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Many of the readings are cross-disciplinary'for example, psychology and law'making this text ideal for family courses in Human development, Family Studies, and Psychology.
A mix of 29 readings from both the popular press and academic journals keep address a wide range of topics including deadbeat dads, gay marriage, domestic violence, and generational relations.
Written especially for this reader is an article by Cherlin on how the 1996 Welfare Reform Law will affect poor families.
Includes stories about real families, as well as current classics of the gender-studies approach to the sociology of the family.

About the Author:

Andrew J. Cherlin is Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy in the Department of 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. Professor Cherlin is a recipient of a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award from the National Institutes of Health for his research on the effects of family structure on children. His recent articles include "Stepfamilies in the United States: A Reconsideration," in the Annual Review of Sociology; “Going to Extremes: Family Structure, Children’s Well-Being, and Social Science,” in Demography; “Effects of Parental Divorce on Mental Health throughout the Life Course,” in the American Sociological Review; and “I’m OK, You’re Selfish,” in The New York Times Magazine. He also has written many short articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, 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.

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