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The Social History of the American Family

The Social History of the American Family

An Encyclopedia

by Lawrence Ganong and Marilyn Coleman
Hardback
Publication Date: 23/10/2014
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The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual's development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the "ideal" family have changed over time.



Available in both digital and print formats, this carefully balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy.


Features:




Approximately 600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and color photos in the digital edition, provide historical context for students.
A collection of primary source documents demonstrate themes across time.
The signed articles, with cross references and Further Readings, are accompanied by a Reader's Guide, Chronology of American Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index.


The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions.



Key Themes:




Families and Culture
Families and Experts
Families and Religion
Families and Social Change
Families and Social Issues/Problems/Crises
Families and Social Media
Families and Social Stratification/Social Class
Families and Technology
Families and the Economy
Families in America
Families in Mass Media
Families, Family Life, Social Identities
Family Advocates and Organizations
Family Law and Family Policy
Family Theories
History of American Families
ISBN:
9781452286167
9781452286167
Category:
Sociology: family & relationships
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
23-10-2014
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
2144
Dimensions (mm):
279x215x178mm
Weight:
7.09kg

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