A Social Class Perspective
- Shirley A. Hill - University of Kansas, USA
Sociology of the Family
This book focuses on the impact of economic systems and social class on the organization of family life. Since the most vital function of the family is the survival of its members, the author give primacy to the economic system in structuring the broad parameters of family life; that is, the economy shapes the prospects families have for earning a decent living by determining the location, nature, and pay associated with work. Taking a broad global and historical approach, the book recognizes and explores how the broader economy shapes family life and examines the organization of family life across the social class hierarchy.
This book will be useful for undergraduate and MSc students of family business. Like most family business scholars, the author argues from the position that families are primarily economic units. Chapter 2 is of the most use to business students, as it covers the intersection between sociological and economic theories. The downside is that the literature and empirical evidence is mostly from the US. However, it is a good starting point for students to find out more about the emergent field of family sociological theory.
A refreshing read placing today's family in a sociological analysis. Coverage of all classes provides a holistic sense of understanding.
easy to read. Good for referencing and students find the text student friendly
This is an excellently written text but it's emphasis on American society makes it a bit niche for me to recommend it to my current students.
It is a good supplement to the text I am using for my course. Marriage and the Family: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths. By D. Olson, J. DeFrain, and L. Skogrand
A good clear informative read. Families - A social class perspective, gives an up to date analysis for students studying the family. Good broad global perspective, I feel my students would have liked to have seen some images/charts/diagrams. I would recommend this book as a supplemental reader for those studying/researching the family.
Will probably adopt for next semester's class. Very good book, but not what I need for this semester.
Sample Materials & Chapters
1. The Evolution of Families and Marriages
3. Elite and Upper-Class Families