Choices and Constraints in Family Life (Sociology Series)

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Designed specifically for sociology of the family courses, this text examines the choices and constraints placed on individuals, relationships, and marriages in light of both family circumstances and societal expectations. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the latest research in sociology, psychology, anthropology, and social history, Choices and Constraints in Family Life explores emerging patterns in family life, including rising rates of cohabitation among both heterosexual and same-sex couples, trends in birth rates, and higher rates of separation, re-partnering, and stepfamilies. With the most up-to-date statistical data, new information on aging and women in the workforce, and extensive coverage of historical and theoretical perspectives, this new second edition is a concise yet comprehensive examination of family life in western society.

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Maureen Baker is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Alberta, Baker taught at Acadia University, University of Toronto, and McGill University. She is the author and editor of twelve other texts including Families: Changing Trends in Canada.

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"It focuses on the most up-to-date issues facing families today." "I very much like the comparison throughout the text between the many developed countries and their trends. This adds depth to the text and allows for an advanced level of critical discussion in the classroom." --Catherine Swanson, Assistant Professor and Educational Consultant at the Centre for Leadership in Learning, McMaster University

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