Families in Multicultural Perspective

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Families in Multicultural Perspective

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9780898623079: Families in Multicultural Perspective

Crossing geographic, cultural, and historical boundaries, this volume explores the diversity of the world's families, emphasizing the importance of understanding and valuing them within their own cultural contexts. Covering contemporary Third World as well as Western families, this excellent teaching text addresses topics essential for developing a multicultural perspective.
The book begins with background information on family theories and comparative research methodology, along with an overview of the history of the family and gender relations in the Western world. This is followed by chapters on family variation, which explain research on the origin, functions, and universality of the family; kinship terminology and how kinship affiliation affects such issues as postmarital residence patterns; and the diversity of marital structure (plurality of husbands and/or wives) and how culture and economy affect these patterns.
The book then examines the life cycle of the family and highlights similarities and differences across time and culture in the areas of mate selection, wedding practices, marital adjustment, childhood socialization, divorce, and care for the elderly. Important contemporary issues seldom covered in earlier works--including gender, class structure, racial discrimination, and poverty--are covered in detail.
An ideal text for comparative family courses, this readable and up-to-date volume includes exercises (as well as exercise guidelines for instructors) developed to challenge students' existing viewpoints and offer new ways of looking at the world's families. Families in Multicultural Perspective is also an important resource for anyone interested in understanding and appreciating the diversity of family forms, processes, and experiences.

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Bron B. Ingoldsby, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Science at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He has published numerous articles on cross-cultural family topics and is an associate editor for the Journal of Comparative Family Studies and Family Science Review.
Suzanna Smith, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Relations at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on gender, work, and family issues for rural households confronting major social, economic, and environmental changes.

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I. FOUNDATIONS OF COMPARATIVE FAMILY STUDIES 1. Family Theory and Multicultural Family Studies, Smith 2. The Family in Western History, Ingoldsby 3. Comparative Research Methodology, Lee II. FAMILY VARIATION 4. Family Origin and Universality, Ingoldsby 5. Patterns of Kinship and Residence, Stanton 6. Marital Structure, Ingoldsby III. FAMILY DEVELOPMENT 7. Mate Selection and Marriage, Ingoldsby 8. Parents' Socialization of Children, Heath 9. Divorce: A Comparative Perspective, McHenry and Price 10. Chinese Families in Later Life, Meredith IV. GENDER RELATIONS 11. Women and Households in the Third World, Smith 12. Household Division of Labor in Industrial Societies, Haas 13. Gender Relations and Marital Power, Balswick and Balswick V. SOCIAL INEQUALITY IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD 14. Looking Back, Looking Forward: African American Families in Sociohistorical Perspective, Burgess 15. Power and Patriarchy in Latin America, Ingoldsby 16. Poverty and Policy, Norem and Smith Student Exercise Bank Exercise Guidelines for the Instructor Appendix

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Published by The Guilford Press (1995)
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