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Exploring the private side of family life together with the public, institutional nature of the “the Family” through a sociological lens.


Families and Their Social Worlds shows that many family concerns are actually social issues that need to be addressed through sound social policies. The author encourages readers 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 readers see that families exist within social worlds.  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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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 health care, and the effects of social inequality on families. She is the author of Marriage and Family: You and Society (Pearson); “So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and its Reform, 3rd edition (Allyn and Bacon); Families in Poverty (Allyn and Bacon); Just Don’t Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), and Marriages and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca L. Warner (Wadsworth). She is a National Council on Family Relations fellow, and a member of the American Sociological Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association, where she has held elective offices. Karen lives in Portland with her husband Richard, a health economist, her ten-year-old daughter, Natalie Rose, and her eight-year-old daughter, Olivia Lin. In her spare time she enjoys hiking near their cabin in the Oregon Cascades, walking the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, exploring the kid-friendly playgrounds, attractions, and restaurants in Portland and surrounding areas, and traveling just about anywhere–the San Juan Islands are high on her list.


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Margaret Bader, Nunez Community College

Jeremy Boyle, Kansas State University

Wanda Clark, South Plains College

David Ford, University of Central Oklahoma

Kathy Kotowski, Cuyamaca College

Jean Ann Moylan, California State University, Sacramento




“The chapter on social class is particularly strong and includes more materials than I've seen in some other texts. Also the chapter on work is particularly good with more attention to the roles of women."

Wanda Clark, South Plains College


"I like that Seccombe has a specific chapter offering cross-cultural comparisons of families so students can see the similarities and differences in these institutions."

Margaret Bader, Nunez Community College

"I really liked the 'Our Global Community' feature.  It really gives great global perspective."

Kathy Kotowski, Cuyamaca College


"The inclusion of all four themes in each chapter gives students a very complete view of each topic and is unique to this text."

David Ford, University of Central Oklahoma


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