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Race and Family
A Structural Approach



September 2005 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`The author provided interesting, original examples which I found engaging. . . . I think the biggest strength is avoiding the 'one ethnicity per chapter' approach found in so many books on family diversity. I like the structural approach' - Hilary A Rose, Concordia University

`A very useful book as a companion text for courses on race and ethnicity….The chapters are easy to follow for undergraduate students` - Renxin Yang, Northern Michigan University

`I think the book is needed because there are limited choices currently available and this book is moving in the right direction…. A strength is that it is not an edited book like so many other books on this topic. There is a need for detailed study of ethnic minority families, and I am excited about making this book my required text for my Ethnic Families Course' - Cheryl Burgan Evans, Miami University

`I find the emphasis on social structure particularly appealing. To date, I have used Taylor's [edited] book, which depends on the instructor to provide all of the integration' - Gretchen Cornwell, Pennsylvania State University

In Race and Family author Roberta L Coles looks at ethnic minority families in a novel way - through a structural lens. Unlike many texts on race and family, this book offers an approach that illustrates overarching structural factors affecting all families as opposed to examining each ethnicity in isolation from one another. By focusing on various structural factors such as demographic, economic and historical aspects, this book analyzes various family trends in a cross-cutting manner to exemplify the similarities and distinctions among all racial and ethnic groups.

Key features:

- Establishes commonalities and differences across various cultures within American society in an approach that enables students to better compare and contrast different ethnic groups;

- Covers multiracial families, in addition to traditional ethnic groups such as African American, Native American, Latino American, and Asian American to provide students with the most contemporary examination of American families;

- Uses the latest research and Census data to present a relevant assessment of trends in family structure, gender relations, intergenerational relations, family violence, acculturation, interracial marriage, and adoption in an increasingly diverse American context;

- Includes an annotated listing of suggested videos, autobiographies, articles, and Web sites students can explore for further information.

 
Preface
 
Ch. 1. Introduction
Overview of text

 
Discussion of key concepts

 
 
Ch. 2. Approaching the Study of Race and Family
Economic Factors

 
Demographic Factors

 
Historical-legal factors

 
 
Ch. 3. A Brief History of the American Family
American Families through the Centuries

 
 
Ch. 4. Cross-cultural Comparisons
Social or Legal Marriage

 
Marriage types and choices

 
Marriage as a family affair

 
Family power systems

 
Family Functions

 
 
Ch. 5. Family Structures
Extended Family Households

 
Nuclear family households

 
Single-parent families

 
Nonfamily households

 
 
Ch. 6. Gender Relations and Sex Ratios
Gender stereotypes and roles

 
Sex ratios

 
African American gender issues

 
Latina/o gender issues

 
Asian American gender issues

 
Native American gender issues

 
Domestic Violence

 
 
Ch. 7. Intergenerational Relations: Parent and Child
Individual and communal orientations

 
Effects of socioeconomic status on children’s well-being

 
Racial socialization

 
Cultural rituals that contribute to racial socialization

 
 
Ch. 8. Intergenerational Relations in Late Life: The Elderly, Their Adult Children and Grandchildren
Intergenerational interaction

 
Illness and death

 
 
Ch. 9. African American Families
How did slavery shape Black American families?

 
African American families after slavery

 
African American families today

 
 
Ch. 10. Native American Families
Looking back in history

 
The state of American Indians and their families today

 
 
Ch. 11. Latino American Families
Manner and timing of entry

 
Similarities among Hispanic families

 
Divergent trends among Latino ethnic groups

 
 
Ch. 12. Asian American Families
East Asians in America

 
Southeast Asians in America

 
Asian American families today

 
 
Ch. 13. Acculturation and Multiracial Family Issues
Acculturation

 
Multiracial issues

 
Bi- or multi-racial identity

 
Transracial adoption

 
References

 

For instructors

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