The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

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  • 600 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"The editors incorporate some of the biggest names in family sociology alongside those of newer scholars. Notably, the book focuses on trends and changes in families globally, allowing the authors to explore the ways in which forces such as globalization and the global recession impact all aspects of family life, from marriage to fertility. . . Appropriate for advanced family scholars while also accessible for students. . . Summing Up: Highly recommended."


Unprecedented social changes are taking place that pose new challenges for families. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to The Sociology of Families brings together a collection of original essays that investigate partnering, parenting, and families against the backdrop of rapid social change brought about by globalization, contested cultural values, severe economic shocks, new technologies, and widespread rethinking of welfare state protection for families today.

Written by a team of leading researchers from five continents, these newly commissioned essays maintain a focus on family inequality and diversity over the life course while offering fresh insights into new family forms and intimate relationships. Extensively reworked since its publication over a decade ago, the volume spans a broad range of topics including changes to partnering and parenting in North American, European, Asian, and Latin American families; intergenerational relationships; immigrant and transnational families; cohabitation and divorce; same–sex families; and much more. Authoritative and timely, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to The Sociology of Families offers illuminating insights into the complex processes that are transforming family life in our globalized world.

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Notes of Contributors viii

Preface xvi


1 Family Systems of the World: Are They Converging? 3Göran Therborn

2 Changing European Families 20Trude Lappegård

3 American Families: Demographic Trends and Social Class 43Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown

4 Family Change in East Asia 61Yen–Chun Cheryl Chen and Jui–Chung Allen Li

5 Changes and Inequalities in Latin American Families 83Irma Arriagada


6 Same–Sex Families 109Timothy J. Biblarz, Megan Carroll and Nathaniel Burke

7 Family Poverty 132Rys Farthing

8 Transnational Families 155Loretta Baldassar, Majella Kilkey, Laura Merla and Raelene Wilding

9 Ethnic Diversity in the United Kingdom: Family Forms and Conjugality 176Alison Shaw

10 Immigrant Families and the Shifting Color Line in the United States 194Karen D. Pyke


11 Cohabitation: Recent Research and Implications 217Rhiannon A. Kroeger and Pamela J. Smock

12 Partnerships, Family, and Personal Configurations 236Eric D. Widmer

13 Health and Families 255Deborah Carr, Kristen W. Springer and Kristi Williams

14 Religion and Families 277Christopher G. Ellison and Xiaohe Xu


15 Divorce: Trends, Patterns, Causes, and Consequences 303Juho Härkönen

16 Partner Violence in World Perspective 323Emily M. Douglas, Denise A. Hines and Murray A. Straus

17 Money Management, Gender, and Households 344Sean R. Lauer and Carrie Yodanis

18 Family Transmission of Social and Cultural Capital 361Toby L. Parcel and Joshua A. Hendrix


19 Adult Intergenerational Relationships 385Matthijs Kalmijn

20 Children s Families: A Child–Centered Perspective 404Jacqueline Scott

21 Fathers and Fatherhood 424Kevin M. Roy

22 Aging Families and the Gendered Life Course 444Phyllis Moen, Jack Lam and Melanie N.G. Jackson


23 Public Policy and Families 467Pernilla Tunberger and Wendy Sigle–Rushton

24 Family Policy and Wives Economic Independence 485Hadas Mandel

25 Assisted Reproduction, Genetic and Genomic Technologies, and Family Life 508Martin Richards

26 Sex, Family, and Social Change 527Judith Treas and Thomas Alan Elliott

27 The Global Chaos of Love: Toward a Cosmopolitan Turn in the Sociology of Love and Families 547Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck–Gernsheim

Index 560

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JUDITH TREAS is Chancellor′s Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Demographic and Social Analysis at the University of California, Irvine. Her previous book, edited with Sonja Drobni , is Dividing the Domestic: Men, Women and Household Work in Cross–National Perspective (2010).

JACQUELINE SCOTT is Professor of Empirical Sociology in the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Queens′ College. Her recent edited books include Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction (with Shirley Dex and Anke Plagnol, 2012); Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century: New Barriers and Continuing Constraints (with Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette, 2010); and Women and Employment: Changing Lives and New Challenges (with Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi, 2009).

MARTIN RICHARDS is Emeritus Professor of Family Research, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge. His recent books include Reproductive Donation: Practice, Policy and Bioethics (edited with Guido Pennings and John B. Appleby, 2012), and We Are Family? Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities (edited with Tabitha Freeman, Fatemeh Ebtehaj, and Susanna Graham, 2014).

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