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Future Families: Diverse Forms, Rich Possibilities

Future Families: Diverse Forms, Rich Possibilities

Ross D. Parke

ISBN: 978-0-470-67445-1

Nov 2013

312 pages

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$106.95

Description

Future Families explores the variety of family forms which characterize our contemporary culture, while addressing the implications of these increasingly diverse family units on child development.

  • Reveals the diversity of new family forms based on the most current research on fathers, same-gender parents, new reproductive technologies, and immigrant families
  • Illustrates that children and adults can thrive in a variety of non-traditional family forms
  • Shows the interrelatedness of new trends in family organization through the common themes of embedded families and caregiving in community and cultural contexts
  • Features an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from works in areas that include child development, family studies, sociology, cross-cultural scholarship, ethnic studies, biology, neuroscience, anthropology and even architecture
  • Sets an agenda for future research in the area of families by identifying important gaps in our knowledge about families and parenting

Preface vi

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

1 Challenges to the Ideal Family Form 1

2 Changing Parental Roles: The Sharing and Redistribution of Family Responsibility in Contemporary Families 25

3 Further Assaults on the “Ideal” Family Form: Divorce, Remarriage, Single Parenthood, and Cohabitation 55

4 Same-Gender Families: Are Two Mothers or Fathers Good Enough? 84

5 How Many “Parents” Are Too Many? Insights from the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Front 111

6 Many Mothers, Many Fathers, Many Others: Insights from Other Cultures 141

7 All about Relatives and Fictive Relatives: Insights from Diverse Ethnic Groups in Our Own Culture (Past and Present) 160

8 Multiple Caregivers: Harmful or Helpful for Caregivers Themselves 191

9 In Support of Alternative Family Forms: Overcoming the Barriers to Change 209

References 243

Index 292

Link to review in Issuu.com - Winter 2014

“The book is best thought of as a stimulus to new  conversations about our conception of families and an exploration of the implications of changing family forms for children’s development.”  (Society for Research in Child Development, 1 January 2014)