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Families as They Really Are Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Families as They Really Are By Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Families as They Really Are by Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois, Chicago)

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A fresh collection of original essays by leading scholars that focuses on how families operate in everyday life: what they are, how they work, and why they matter.

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Families as They Really Are by Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Families as They Really Are goes to the heart of the family values debate by reframing the question about families from Are they breaking down? to Where are they going, how, and why?

Essays in the book are not reprints; you won't find them anywhere else. Each article is a new contribution to the research and theory about families, drawn from an interdisciplinary community of experts.

The four parts of Families as They Really Are focus on how we got to where we are today, what's happening in relationships, youth in the 21st century, and the state of the gender revolution.

Families as They Really Are Reviews

Families as They Really Are is an anthology as it really should be-an admirably comprehensive collection of provocative essays by the top scholars studying families today. -- Brian Powell, Indiana University
Here's a book destined to make publishers of textbooks on U.S. family studies tremble. Families as They Really Are is bursting its generous seams with lively, lucid, authoritative, original essays on every form and facet of contemporary family life. This fabulous collection presents work by a cavalcade of the field's most preeminent and creative scholars. No textbook can possibly compete. -- Judith Stacey, author, In the Name of the Family
Families as They Really Are is a dream edited collection--solid sociology from leading scholars yet also readable and real. -- Mary Blair-Loy, University of California, San Diego
This incredibly useful book goes well beyond rebutting myths about family change to provide succinct and highly readable introductions to practically every controversial family issue on the public agenda today. The attention to how class, race, gender and sexuality challenge families and shape family concerns is thoughtful and balanced. -- Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin
The story of America's families is too often narrowed to fit a predetermined theme. Instead, this collection presents powerful, well-written new work by a diverse roundtable of social scientists, whose wealth of research expertise is matched by a common commitment to clarity without over-simplification. -- Philip Cohen, University of North Carolina

About Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Barbara J. Risman is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, as well as the Founding Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at North Carolina State University. Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition and over two dozen journal articles. She is also the president of the board of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention. In 2005, Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2013, she was elected vice president of the American Sociological Association. She is currently testing theories about whether hormonal exposure in utero influences gendered selves in adulthood. Risman strongly believes that sociologists have a responsibility both to do good research and to teach about it in the classroom and to the public at large.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Springing Forward from the Past Barbara J. Risman, Springing Forward from the Past Andrew J. Cherlin, One Thousand and Forty-Nine Reasons Why It's Hard to Know When a Fact is a Fact Philip A. Cowan, When Is a Relationship between Facts a Causal One? Linda Burton, Uncovering Hidden Facts That Matter in Interpreting Individuals' Behaviors: An Ethnographic Lens In the News: Not Much Sense in Those Census Stories (Washington Post) Part I: How We Got Here Stephanie Coontz, The Evolution of American Families Steven Mintz, American Childhood as a Social and Cultural Construct In the News: A Golden Age of Childhood? (Christian Science Monitor) In the News: How We Took the Child Out of Childhood (New York Times) Donna L. Franklin, African Americans and the Birth of the Modern Marriage Karen Struening, Families In Law and Families In Practice: Does the Law Recognize Families as They Really Are? M. V. Lee Badgett, Briefing Paper: Will Providing Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage? Evidence from Scandinavia In the News: Experts Question European Studies Cited in FMA Debate (Washington Blade) Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Loren Henderson, Interracial Families in Post-Civil Rights America Michael Rosenfeld, Briefing Paper: The Steady Rise of Nontraditional Romantic Unions: The Case of Interracial and Intercultural Marriage In the News: Interracial Marriage: A Cultural Taboo Fades (Chicago Tribune) Part II: Making Families and Intimate Relationships in the 21st Century Pepper Schwartz, Why Is Everyone Afraid of Sex? Pamela J. Smock and Wendy, Manning New Couples, New Families: The Cohabitation Revolution in the United States Joshua Coleman, Parenting Adult Children in the 21st Century Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian, Briefing Paper: Marriage Reduces Social Ties In the News: The Greedy Marriage: Two Scholars Argue That Good Spouses Can Make Bad Neighbors (Boston Globe) Virginia E. Rutter, The Case for Divorce In the News: How to Stay Married (Times of London) Allen Li, Briefing Paper: The Impact of Divorce on Children's Behavior Problems In the News: Divorce May Not Cause Kids' Bad Behavior (USA Today) In the News: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Divorce (Washington Times) Patrick Heuveline, Briefing Paper: How Do They Do That? Estimating the Proportion of Marriages That End in Divorce Stephanie Coontz and Nancy Folbre, Briefing Paper: Marriage, Poverty, and Public Policy In the News: A Poor Excuse for Marriage (Washington Post) Robert-Jay Green, From Outlaws to In-Laws: Gay and Lesbian Couples in Contemporary Society Mignon R. Moore, Independent Women: Equality in African American Lesbian Relationships Fact Sheet: Myths and Realities about Same-Sex Families Etiony Aldarondo and Edward Ameen, The Immigration Kaleidoscope: Knowing the Immigrant Family Next Door In the News: The Picture-Perfect American Family? These Days, It Doesn't Exist (Washington Post) Part III: Unequal Beginnings: Social Class and America's Children Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn P. Cowan, Beyond Family Structure: Family Process Studies Help to Reframe Debates about What's Good for Children Valerie Adrian, Opinion Piece: A Mother's Day Gift That Makes a Real Difference Fact Sheet: Military Childcare: A Government Success Story Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., Diverging Development: The Not-So-Invisible Hand of Social Class in the United States Annette Lareau, Briefing Paper: Unequal Childhoods: Inequalities in the Rhythms of Daily Life In the News: Both Sides of Inequality (New York Times) Kevin Roy and Natasha Cabrera, Not Just Provide and Reside: Engaged Fathers in Low-Income Families Paula England and Kathryn Edin, Briefing Paper: Unmarried Couples with Children: Why Don't They Marry? How Can Policy-Makers Promote More Stable Relationships? In the News: Marital Mythology: Why the New Crisis in Marriage Isn't (Reason Online) In the News: Book Examines Trend of Unmarried Parents (National Public Radio) In the News: It Takes a Wedding (New York Times) Andrae L. Brown, Melina Dimitriou, and Lisa Dressner, Rituals as Tools of Resistance-From Survival to Liberation Part IV: The Unfinished Gender Revolution Barbara J. Risman and Elizabeth Seale, Betwixt and Be Tween: Gender Contradictions among Middle Schoolers Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Paula England, and Alison C. K. Fogarty, Orgasm in College Hookups and Relationships Kathleen Gerson, Falling Back on Plan B: The Children of the Gender Revolution Face Uncharted Territory Oriel Sullivan, Changing Men's Contribution to Family Work Oriel Sullivan and Scott Coltrane, Briefing Paper: Men's Changing Contribution to Housework and Child Care In the News: Chores for Two? Men Are Pitching in with Domestic Duties More Than Ever Before (Christian Science Monitor) Molly Monahan Lang and Barbara J. Risman, Briefing Paper: A Stalled Revolution or a Still Unfolding One? In the News: Signs of Detente in the Battle Between Venus and Mars (New York Times) David Cotter, Paula England, and Joan Hermsen, Briefing Paper: Moms and Jobs: Trends in Mothers' Employment and Which Mothers Stay Home In the News: Working Moms More the Norm Than Exception (Palo Alto Online) Sanjiv Gupta, Briefing Paper: Women's Money Matters: Earnings and Housework in Dual-Earner Families In the News: Wealthier Women Do Less Housework (Daily Collegian) Lynn Prince Cooke, Briefing Paper: Traditional Marriages Now Less Stable Than Ones Where Couples Share Work and Household Chores In the News: Matrimonial Bliss Lies in the Mop Bucket and Broom (Seattle P-I) Rhea V. Almedia, Domestic Violence in Heterosexual Relationships Conclusion Barbara J. Risman, Families: A Great American Institution

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