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Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society, 12th Edition

  • Mary Ann Lamanna Emeritus, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Agnes Riedmann California State University, Stanislaus
  • Susan D. Stewart Iowa State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285736974  |  ISBN-13: 9781285736976
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2000, 1997
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

This best-selling text on marriages, families, and relationships combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: making choices in a diverse society. The authors use an engaging narrative to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and family forms. The balanced presentation discusses a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g., family ecology, structure-functional, interaction-constructionist, family systems, biosocial), emphasizing both social structure and the importance of individual agency, choice, and decision-making. Students are encouraged to question assumptions and reconcile conflicting ideas and values as they make informed choices in their own lives.

Features and Benefits

  • The book consistently presents the latest research and statistics.
  • A thematic organization focuses on making choices over the life course.
  • The balanced presentation emphasizes both social structure and the importance of individual agency, choice, and decision-making.
  • Topics are presented in a logical sequence that allows students to build steadily on their growing understanding of course material.
  • “As We Make Choices” features throughout the text highlight the theme of making choices, emphasizing human agency and helping students work through crucial decisions. Topics include Ten Rules for a Successful Relationship, Disengaging from Power Struggles, Selecting a Child Care Facility, Tips for Step-Grandparents, and Some Things to Know About the Legal Side of Living Together.
  • “A Closer Look at Diversity” features give focused attention to instances of family diversity-for example, African Americans and 'Jumping the Broom,' Diversity and Child Care, Family Ties and Immigration, and Parenting LGBT Children, among others.
  • “Issues for Thought” features are designed to spark students' critical thinking and discussion. As an example, the box in Chapter 3 on Challenges to Gender Boundaries explores the social construction of gender. Chapter 16 explores Filial Responsibility Laws and encourages students to consider what might be the benefits and drawbacks of legally mandating filial responsibility.
  • “Facts About Families” features present demographic and other factual information on focused topics such as How Family Researchers Study Religion from Various Theoretical Perspectives (Chapter 2), Transracial Adoption (Chapter 8), and Foster Parenting (Chapter 9), among others.
  • Critical-thinking questions, presented at the end of every feature box, help students reflect on their choices and relate the material to their own lives.

Table of Contents

1. Making Family Choices in a Changing Society.
2. Exploring Relationships and Families.
3. Our Gendered Identities.
4. Our Sexual Selves.
5. Love and Choosing a Life Partner.
6. Living Alone, Cohabiting, Same-Sex Unions, and Other Intimate Relationships.
7. Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship.
8. Deciding About Parenthood.
9. Raising Children in a Diverse Society.
10. Work, Family, and the Economy.
11. Communication in Relationships, Marriages, and Families.
12. Power and Violence in Families.
13. Family Stress, Crisis, and Resilience.
14. Divorce and Relationship Dissolution.
15. Remarriages and Stepfamilies.
16. Aging and Multigenerational Families.

What's New

  • Several key changes to this edition help engage students and improve their learning experience. These include new learning objectives in every chapter to focus students' reading and guide their learning and assessment, a streamlined narrative, and a redesigned art program to enhance visual appeal.
  • The research and data have been thoroughly updated.
  • New information on how technology affects family dynamics has been added throughout.
  • The previous edition's Chapter 3, “American Families in a Social Context,” has been removed and the information has been integrated into other chapters where appropriate.
  • Chapter-specific changes include the inclusion of historical information and demographic characteristics from the previous edition's Chapter 3 as well as a new discussion of the sociological imagination as it relates to issues of marriage and family (Ch. 1); new examples to drive home various theoretical perspectives (Ch. 2); and a new section on race/ethnicity and gender, including the effect of immigration on gender roles and a new discussion of the biology-based and society-based arguments of gender role emergence (Ch. 3).
  • Chapter 4, “Our Sexual Selves,” includes a new section on sexual relationships and pornography.
  • Chapter 5, “Love and Choosing a Life Partner,” features a new section on gender differences in perceptions and experiences of love as well as a new section on dating and relationship development.
  • Chapter 6, “Living Alone, Cohabiting, Same-Sex Unions, and Other Intimate Relationships,” has new sections on the numbers and characteristics of cohabitors.
  • Chapter 7, “Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship,” provides new information on government initiatives on the value of marriage.
  • Chapter 9, “Raising Children in a Diverse Society,” has a new section on parents in transnational families.
  • Chapter 11, “Communication in Relationships, Marriages, and Families,” includes material on relationship counseling from appendices in the previous edition.
  • Chapter 16, “Aging and Multigenerational Families,” features a new thematic emphasis on multigenerational families, ties, and obligations in a cultural context of individualism. It also includes a new discussion of caregiver ambivalence coupled with multigenerational families as safety nets for all generations.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mary Ann Lamanna

Mary Ann Lamanna is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University (St. Louis) in political science, her master's degree in sociology (minor in psychology) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of EMILE DURKHEIM ON THE FAMILY (Sage, 2002) and co-author of a book on Vietnamese refugees. She has published numerous articles in law, sociology, and medical humanities journals. Research and teaching interests include family, reproduction, and gender and law. Other research has concerned the sociology of literature, specifically "novels of terrorism," and a sociological analysis of Marcel Proust's novel IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME.

Agnes Riedmann

Agnes Riedmann is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Stanislaus. She attended Clarke College, Dubuque. She received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University and her doctorate from the University of Nebraska. Her professional areas of interest are theory, family, and the sociology of body image. She is author of SCIENCE THAT COLONIZES: A CRITIQUE OF FERTILITY STUDIES IN AFRICA (Temple University Press, 1993). Dr. Riedmann spent academic year 2008-09 as a Fulbright Professor at the Graduate School for Social Research, affiliated with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, where she taught courses in family, as well as in social policy and in globalization.

Susan D. Stewart

Susan D. Stewart is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. She received her doctorate in sociology from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Stewart's professional areas of interest are gender, family, and demography and specifically how complex living arrangements affect the physical and emotional health of adults and children. Dr. Stewart is the author of BRAVE NEW STEPFAMILIES and just completed a new book, CO-SLEEPING IN FAMILIES. Her research has been supported by grants from the NICHD, USDA, Joint Center for Poverty Research, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has published papers on a diverse range of topics, including child and adolescent obesity, eating habits, nutrition, fertility intentions and behavior, child support and visitation, stepchild adoption, and women's financial literacy.