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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

Judith Treas (Editor), Jacqueline Scott (Editor), Martin Richards (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-67353-9
600 pages
May 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Written by an international team of experts, this comprehensive volume investigates modern-day family relationships, partnering, and parenting set against a backdrop of rapid social, economic, cultural, and technological change.

  • Covers a broad range of topics, including social inequality, parenting practices, children’s work, changing patterns of citizenship, multi-cultural families, and changes in welfare state protection for families
  • Includes many European, North American and Asian examples written by a team of experts from across five continents
  • Features coverage of previously neglected groups, including immigrant and transnational families as well as families of gays and lesbians
  • Demonstrates how studying social change in families is fundamental for understanding the transformations in individual and social life across the globe
  • Extensively reworked from the original Companion published over a decade ago: three-quarters of the material is completely new, and the remainder has been comprehensively updated
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Table of Contents

Notes of Contributors viii

Preface xvi


1 Family Systems of the World: Are They Converging? 3
Göran Therborn

2 Changing European Families 20
Trude Lappegård

3 American Families: Demographic Trends and Social Class 43
Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown

4 Family Change in East Asia 61
Yen-Chun Cheryl Chen and Jui-Chung Allen Li

5 Changes and Inequalities in Latin American Families 83
Irma Arriagada


6 Same-Sex Families 109
Timothy J. Biblarz, Megan Carroll and Nathaniel Burke

7 Family Poverty 132
Rys Farthing

8 Transnational Families 155
Loretta Baldassar, Majella Kilkey, Laura Merla and Raelene Wilding

9 Ethnic Diversity in the United Kingdom: Family Forms and Conjugality 176
Alison Shawnts

10 Immigrant Families and the Shifting Color Line in the United States 194
Karen D. Pyke


11 Cohabitation: Recent Research and Implications 217
Rhiannon A. Kroeger and Pamela J. Smock

12 Partnerships, Family, and Personal Configurations 236
Eric D. Widmer

13 Health and Families 255
Deborah Carr, Kristen W. Springer and Kristi Williams

14 Religion and Families 277
Christopher G. Ellison and Xiaohe Xu


15 Divorce: Trends, Patterns, Causes, and Consequences 303
Juho Härkönen

16 Partner Violence in World Perspective 323
Emily M. Douglas, Denise A. Hines and Murray A. Straus

17 Money Management, Gender, and Households 344
Sean R. Lauer and Carrie Yodanis

18 Family Transmission of Social and Cultural Capital 361
Toby L. Parcel and Joshua A. Hendrix


19 Adult Intergenerational Relationships 385
Matthijs Kalmijn

20 Children’s Families: A Child-Centered Perspective 404
Jacqueline Scott

21 Fathers and Fatherhood 424
Kevin M. Roy

22 Aging Families and the Gendered Life Course 444
Phyllis Moen, Jack Lam and Melanie N.G. Jackson

Part VI Families in Context

23 Public Policy and Families 467
Pernilla Tunberger and Wendy Sigle-Rushton

24 Family Policy and Wives’ Economic Independence 485
Hadas Mandel

25 Assisted Reproduction, Genetic and Genomic Technologies, and Family Life 508
Martin Richards

26 Sex, Family, and Social Change 527
Judith Treas and Thomas Alan Elliott

27 The Global Chaos of Love: Toward a Cosmopolitan Turn in the Sociology of Love and Families 547
Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

Index 560

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Author Information

Judith Treas is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Demographic and Social Analysis at the University of California, Irvine. Her latest book, edited with Sonja Drobniè, is Dividing the Domestic: Women, Men and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective (2010).

Jacqueline Scott is Professor of Empirical Sociology in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies, and a Fellow of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. Dr Scott is the editor of Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century: New Barriers and Continuing Constraints (with Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette, 2010) and Women and Employment: Changing Lives and New Challenges (with Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi, 2009). 

Martin Richards is Emeritus Professor of Family Ressearch, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.  His recent books  include Reproductive Donation: Practice, Policy and Bioethics (edited with Guido Pennings and John B. Appleby, 2012) and We are Family?Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identitie (edited with Tabitha Freeman, Fatemeh Ebtehaj, and Susanna Graham, 2014).

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“Appropriate for advanced family scholars while also accessible for students. . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.”  (Choice, 1 April 2015)


“The editors have assembled an impressive set of leading and emerging family scholars to provide cutting edge and original contributions on global family patterns, family diversity and family processes, greatly enhancing our understanding of the sociology of families in the twenty first century.”
Kathleen Kiernan,  University of York

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