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Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints (7th Edition)
by:Nijole V. Benokraitis
Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints (7th Edition) revolves around three important themes, exploring how (1) personal changes, (2) choices, and (3) the constraints held by society impact marriages and families. It strikes a good balance of theoretical and practical approaches, with a keen focus on examples and applications. Benokraitis...
Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints (7th Edition) revolves around three important themes, exploring how (1) personal changes, (2) choices, and (3) the constraints held by society impact marriages and families. It strikes a good balance of theoretical and practical approaches, with a keen focus on examples and applications. Benokraitis puts emphasis on the impact that contemporary changes in both the society and within the family have on relationships. Offering a sociological view of marriage and family, Marriages and Families: Changes, Choices and Constraints (7th Edition) ISBN 9780205735365 relates the study to other disciplines like history, social work, economics, history, medicine, law, and many others. Benokraitis describes how attitudinal and structural changes impact interpersonal relationships, family forms, and the way parents raise their children. The book also explores diversity of family forms, ranging from racial-ethnic families to gay families and single-parent families. It delves into contemporary marriages and their structure, cultural heritage, and dynamics. The second part of the book examines individual choices like cohabitation, postponing marriage, single parenting, etc. and how these decisions result to varying household forms. This comprehensive reference also tackles constraints, which pertains to limitations in the macro level, from government policies to economic changes as well as political and legal factors that affect families and limit individual choice. Author Nijole Benokraitis has been teaching sociology for the past 25 years, focusing on courses that have to do with racial and ethnic relations, gender roles, and marriage and family. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas, and has authored, co-authored and edited a wide range of textbooks about sociology. Among her most notable works include Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, Feuds about Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives, and Contemporary Ethnic Families in the United States: Characteristics, Variations, and Dynamics.
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