Families and Their Social Worlds

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This text applies a sociological imagination to explore both the private, personal side of family life as well the public, institutional nature of "the Family." It shows that many family concerns are actually social issues that need to be addressed through sound social policies.

 

The author, Karen Seccombe, encourages students to think about families beyond their own personal experiences, and even beyond family structure in the United States. Her goal is to impart a passion for critical thinking as students see that families exist within social worlds.  

 

Families and Their Social Worlds shows that our conceptions of families are imbedded within our social structure, and that families represent a set of rules, regulations and norms that are situated in a particular culture in a particular historical time.

 

Important policy considerations are imbedded in each chapter to illustrate what is currently being done, and perhaps even more importantly, what can be done to strengthen families and intimate relationships.

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Families and their Social Worlds, 1/E

Karen Seccombe, Portland State University
ISBN-10:      0205516459

 

 Applying the sociological imagination to explore the private, public, and institutional nature of the Family.

 

This text examines the private, personal side of family life as well the public, institutional nature of the Family. Karen Seccombe explores how many family concerns are actually social issues that need to be addressed through sound social policies.

 

Families and Their Social Worlds shows that our conceptions of families are imbedded within our social structure, and that families represent a set of rules, regulations and norms that are situated in a particular culture in a particular historical time. Important policy considerations are imbedded in each chapter to illustrate what is currently being done, and perhaps even more importantly, what can be done to strengthen families and intimate relationships.

 

The author encourages students to think about families beyond their own personal experiences, and even beyond family structure in the United States. Her goal is to impart a passion for critical thinking as students see that families exist within social worlds.  

About the Author:

 

Karen Seccombe is a professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon.  She received her B.A. in sociology at California State University, Chico, her M.S.W. in health and social welfare policy from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University.  Her research focuses on poverty, welfare, access to healthcare, and the effects of social inequality on families.  She is the author of “So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?” Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and its Reform, 2nd edition (Allyn and Bacon); Families in Poverty (Allyn and Bacon); Access to Healthcare: The Neglected Dimension of Welfare Reform (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming), and Marriages and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca. L. Warner (Wadsworth).  She is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the American Sociological Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association, where she has held elective offices. 

 

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