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The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 4 Volume Set

ISBN: 978-0-470-65845-1
2280 pages
February 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies presents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary collection of the key concepts, trends, and processes relating to the study of families and family patterns throughout the world.

  • Offers more than 550 entries arranged A-Z
  • Includes contributions from hundreds of family scholars in various academic disciplines from around the world
  • Covers issues ranging from changing birth rates, fertility, and an aging world population to human trafficking, homelessness, famine, and genocide
  • Features entries that approach families, households, and kin networks from a macro-level and micro-level perspective
  • Covers basic demographic concepts and long-term trends across various nations, the impact of globalization on families, global family problems, and many more
  • Features in-depth examinations of families in numerous nations in several world regions
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Table of Contents

Volume I

Editors vii

Contributors xi

Lexicon lxxxiii

Timeline xci

Introduction xcv

Acknowledgments xcix

Family Studies A

Volume II

Family Studies

Volume III

Family Studies

Volume IV

Family Studies


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Author Information

Constance L. Shehan, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida.  Her research and scholarship focus on gender and families, particularly women’s work inside and outside the home. Dr. Shehan co-authored Marriages and Families: Reflections of a Gendered Society (with Kenneth J. Kammeyer)(1996, 2002); Gendering the Body (with Sara Crawley and Lara Foley)(2007); and edited Through the Eyes of the Child: Children as Active Agents of Family Lives (1999)She has published widely on household labor, women’s employment, work and health, and parent-child relationships.She is Editor of the Journal of Family Issues. Dr. Shehan is a Fellow of the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) and received the organization’s Ernest G. Osborne Award for excellence in teaching about families. She also served as Chair of the NCFR’s Feminism and Family Studies section and served on the Board of Directors.​
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