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Sociology of Families

Sociology of Families
Change, Continuity, and Diversity

Second Edition

August 2021 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Sociology of Families: Change, Continuity, and Diversity offers students an engaging introduction to sociological thinking about contemporary families in the United States. Rather than separating discussions of gender, race, class, and sexuality into separate chapters, like other texts often do, author Teresa Ciabattari incorporates family diversity and inequality throughout the text. This concise and integrated approach helps readers explore how these identities and power relations are reflected in family experiences across the life span.


Updated with the latest research, this 2nd edition includes a new chapter on family violence and expanded coverage of both childhood and parenting. By situating family patterns in social, historical, and economic context, Sociology of Families: Change, Continuity, and Diversity explores both what is new in today's families and what links these patterns to the past, further emphasizing the growing diversity of families in the United States. 


1. Introduction
2. Defining Family
3. Sociological Methods and Theories in the Study of Families
4. Young Adults and the Transition to Adulthood
5. Marriage and Cohabitation
6. Divorce and Relationship Dissolution
7. Childhood
8. Parenting
9. Family Work
10. Family Lives of Older Adults
11. Family Violence
12. Social Policy and the Future of Families

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