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The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society, 12th Edition

  • Bryan Strong University of California at Santz Cruz
  • Theodore F. Cohen Ohio Wesleyan University
  • ISBN-10: 1133597467  |  ISBN-13: 9781133597469
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

THE MARRIAGE & FAMILY EXPERIENCE: INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY brings together all elements of the course--including intimate relationships, family policy, and family issues. Striking just the right balance between an academic and more functional approach, the Twelfth Edition features an inviting new design that makes the text more engaging and student-friendly than ever. The authors draw from research in sociology, family studies, and related fields, presenting a sound sociological and family studies base enhanced by perspectives from anthropology, history, psychology, journalism, literature, economics, and gender studies. The book presents a positive, multicultural approach to today's relationships as it explores recent research on topics such as adoptive parenting, childbearing patterns, gay and lesbian families, the meaning of virginity, communication and conflict resolution, the influence of popular culture, the rights and benefits of marriage, and working families. Real-life examples, a balanced presentation, and a focus on self-assessment and reflection make the book especially accessible and encourage students to think and act for themselves. The Twelfth Edition's progressive approach to diversity remains rooted in a positive, pro-family perspective. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • This is one of the few marriage and family books that offer a true balance between the two main branches of the market--sociology and family science. The book takes a liberal approach to sexuality, cohabitation, and other recent trends but remains firmly rooted in the positive, pro-family corner.
  • What Do You Think? self-quiz chapter openers let students assess their existing knowledge of what will be discussed in the chapter. These quizzes engage students, drawing them into the material and stimulating greater interaction with the course.
  • Public Policies, Private Lives features focus on legal issues and public policies that affect how we think about and/or experience family life. Among them are features on sexting, adoptions that dissolve, the multiracial Obama family, and the lack of legal policies about stepfamilies. Other topics include the meaning of legal marriage, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and legal advice for cohabiting couples.
  • Exploring Diversity boxes let students see family circumstances from the vantage point of other cultures, other eras, or within different lifestyles in the contemporary United States. New topics in this edition include divorce in India, the phenomenon of posthumous marriage, and a recent cross-national survey on dating violence.
  • Issues and Insights features focus on current and high-interest topics, including virginity loss; gender, sexuality, and bullying; "living apart together"; and whether or not to spank children. Several of these features discuss uses and abuses of technology in families and relationships.
  • Popular Culture boxes discuss the ways family issues are portrayed through various forms of popular culture.
  • Real Families features give "up close" accounts of issues raised in the text as they are experienced by people in their everyday lives. New vignettes in this edition discuss blending and unblending families, co-parenting by gay men and lesbians, family caregivers, and recent stories that question the assumption of gender as binary. There are also two new features inspired by the U.S. recession's effects on families.

Table of Contents

1. The Meaning of Marriage and the Family.
2. Studying Marriages and Families.
4. Gender and Family.
3. Variations in American Family Life.
5. Intimacy, Friendship, and Love.
6. Understanding Sex and Sexualities.
7. Communication, Power, and Conflict.
8. Marriages in Societal and Individual Perspective.
9. Unmarried Lives: Singlehood and Cohabitation.
10. Becoming and Being Parents.
11. Marriage, Work, and Economics.
12. Intimate Violence and Sexual Abuse.
13. Coming Apart: Separation and Divorce.
14. New Beginnings: Single-Parent Families, Remarriages, and Blended Families.

What's New

  • Attention to diversity remains a central theme. The Twelfth Edition gives more attention to how religion shapes people's attitudes, values, and experiences as they relate to many of the topics covered. Substantial attention continuous to be paid to how our experiences of intimate relationships, marriage, parenthood, work and family, divorce, remarriage, abuse, and so on, vary across lines of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.
  • Coverage of contemporary issues, such as the recession and its aftermath as well as the impact of technological innovations on family experiences, recurs throughout the text.
  • The Twelfth Edition provides the most current and up-to-date data available, integrating information from reports by the Pew Research Center and the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, as well as official statistical reports from agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • This edition makes greater use of data from such national surveys as the National Survey of Family Growth, the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior, the National Survey of Adoptive Parents, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, and the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence.
  • To encourage more active learning, the What Do You Think? Self-quizzes at the start of each chapter have been extensively revised. They incorporate intriguing new True/False questions that also serve as learning objectives, each of which is repeated (and answered) later in the chapter in the context of the appropriate discussion.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Theodore F. Cohen

Theodore Cohen is the Ella Fulton Dunham Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Before coming to Ohio Wesleyan in 1984, he earned his B.A. in sociology from Brooklyn College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University. In addition to his teaching career at Ohio Wesleyan, Dr. Cohen has taught at a variety of public and private universities including Boston University, Northeastern University, Clark University, and Rowan University. Throughout these different educational contexts, he has found that enthusiasm, humor, and determination to engage students to apply sociological concepts to their own lives has worked with equal effectiveness in classes of nine or ninety. He brings those same objectives to his writing. In 1990, Dr. Cohen received The Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for the Encouragement of Teachers, one of two awards Ohio Wesleyan gives for teaching excellence. In addition to being the co-author of THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY EXPERIENCE since its eighth edition, Dr. Cohen is the editor of MEN & MASCULINITY: A TEXT READER (Wadsworth 2001). He has also published articles and book chapters on aspects of men's lives, especially their transitions to marriage and fatherhood, and on the family and work lives of a sample of nontraditional couples. Dr. Cohen's own family experiences include many of the issues covered and addressed in this text. He has been married, widowed, in a long distance relationship, remarried, separated, and divorced. He has also been a father, stepfather, and caregiver.