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American Families and the Future

Analyses of Possible Destinies

Author: Roma S Hanks,Marvin B Sussman,Barbara H Settles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317764870

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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As the world heads into the twenty-first century, individuals and their families are being confronted with a more diverse array of possible life experiences than has ever existed before. Changes in longevity, marriage, fertility, employment, and many other areas have created new opportunities for individual and family choice and variability in life course experiences. American Families and the Future discusses a variety of issues that face and will continue to families in coming years and describes various strategies families can use in their decisionmaking processes. This enlightening book is divided into five main sections: Demographic Issues; Social and Economic Issues; Technological Issues; Family Process in Shaping the Future; and Family Vision in Creating the Future. Individual chapters view family problem solving from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. American Families and the Future: describes recent demographic trends and considers their implications for how individuals and their families plan and prepare for their later adult life reviews health care issues and concerns for the elderly and addresses strategies for self-health promotion and illness prevention provides examples illustrating the uses and abuses of data to promote partisan views and agendas outlines a conceptual framework that can be uses to understand problem solving and decisionmaking by individuals and family groups presents a model that explores family decisionmaking, focusing on the conditions under which decisions are made presents findings from a study of early adolescents’perceptions of their role in family decisionmaking The book closes with an upbeat discussion of possible solutions to current pathologies affecting human societies and cultures. Professionals who work with families will find this book an enlightening and encouraging guide for helping families cope with the myriad issues and choices they face in planning for their futures.

The Missing Middle

Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy

Author: Theda Skocpol

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393321135

Category: Political Science

Page: 207

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The author of Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government explores the changing world of American social policy and its ramifications in terms of average working families. Reprint.

Handbook of Marriage and the Family

Author: Marvin B. Sussman,Suzanne K. Steinmetz,Gary W. Peterson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475753675

Category: Social Science

Page: 821

View: 9772

In a thoroughgoing revision of the first edition of this classic text and reference, published by Plenum in 1987, the editors have assembled a distinguished group of contributors to address such topics as past, present, and future perspectives on family diversity; theory and methods of the family; changing family patterns and roles; the family and other institutions; and family dynamics and processes.

Challenges for Work and Family in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Dana Vannoy,Paula Dubeck

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780202364667

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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Stimulated by unprecedented and complex changes in the nation's social landscape, the fourteen original papers in the present volume attempt to recast our approach to existing institutional arrangements between family and economy. The authors set the stage for redefinitions that give meaning and place to individuals, thus serving broader social goals.

American Families and Households

Author: James A. Sweet,Larry Bumpass

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610445236

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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Changes in family and household composition are part of every individual's life course. Childhood families expand and contract; the individual leaves to set up an independent household; he or she may marry, raise children, lose a spouse. These transitions have a profound effect on the economic and social well-being of individuals, and the relative prevalence of different living arrangements affects the very character of society. American families and Households takes advantage of the large samples provided by the decennial censuses to document recent major transformations in the individual life cycle and consequent changes in the composition of the American population. As James Sweet and Larry Bumpass demonstrate, these changes have been dramatic—rates of marriage and childbirth are down, rates of marital disruption are up, and those who can are more likely to maintain independent households despite the rapid acceleration of change during recent years, however, the authors find that contemporary trends are continuous with long-term changes in Western society. This meticulous work makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the American Family and the individual life experiences that are translated into the larger population experience. "Jim Sweet and Larry Bumpass provide detailed descriptions of three components of the households and families of Americans: family transitions; the prevalence of different family and household arrangements; and the economic and social circumstances of people living in different types of families and households....As a reference work, the volume is a gold mine, with many rich veins of useful information....Anyone interested in American families and how they have been changing will want to refer to this volume." —American Journal of Sociology A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Census Series

As Orange Goes

Twelve California Families and the Future of American Politics

Author: Karl A. Lamb

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393055207

Category: Orange County (Calif.)

Page: 322

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Hispanics and the Future of America

Author: National Research Council,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Committee on Population,Panel on Hispanics in the United States

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309164818

Category: Social Science

Page: 502

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Hispanics and the Future of America presents details of the complex story of a population that varies in many dimensions, including national origin, immigration status, and generation. The papers in this volume draw on a wide variety of data sources to describe the contours of this population, from the perspectives of history, demography, geography, education, family, employment, economic well-being, health, and political engagement. They provide a rich source of information for researchers, policy makers, and others who want to better understand the fast-growing and diverse population that we call “Hispanic.†The current period is a critical one for getting a better understanding of how Hispanics are being shaped by the U.S. experience. This will, in turn, affect the United States and the contours of the Hispanic future remain uncertain. The uncertainties include such issues as whether Hispanics, especially immigrants, improve their educational attainment and fluency in English and thereby improve their economic position; whether growing numbers of foreign-born Hispanics become citizens and achieve empowerment at the ballot box and through elected office; whether impending health problems are successfully averted; and whether Hispanics’ geographic dispersal accelerates their spatial and social integration. The papers in this volume provide invaluable information to explore these issues.

Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century

Author: Barbara H Settles,Suzanne Steinmetz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136602127

Category: Medical

Page: 248

View: 8837

Explore the breakdown of the universal family form into new living arrangements and the political and social implications of how they influence the definition of family today! Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century views families from a US perspective and from many different cultures and societies. You will examine the family as it has evolved from the 1950s traditional family to today’s family structures. The controversial question, “What is family?” is thoroughly examined as it has become an increasingly important social policy concern because of the recent change in the traditional family. Scholars and researchers in family studies and sociology will be intrigued by these thought-provoking articles that analyze the definition of the family from a multitude of perspectives. Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century looks at family in terms of its social construction, variations and the diversity in families, among others. You will examine the negative implications of using the term “The Family” as it implies “The Nuclear Family,” which many powerful lobbies (politics, morality, religion) claim to support and revere. You will also explore family ideology and identity from many different social and cultural contexts. Some of the family issues you will explore in Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century include: marrying, procreating, and divorcing in a traditional Jewish family redefining western families by taking into consideration the legal factors, history, tradition and the continued expansion of the definition of family in the US addressing family issues in Lithuania, a country amidst many political changes challenging and complicating the definition of family with stepfamilies exploring the question “What are families after divorce?” examining multicultural motives for marriage and how these motives effect courting behavior in Lithuania defining families through caregiving patterns Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century goes in-depth to broaden and interpret the meaning of family in today’s society. Through the exploration of legal implications, professional and personal needs this text takes into account the large variety of groups that have close living relationships. Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century will assist you in answering the difficult and complex question “What is family?”

Social Work in the 21st Century

An Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Issues, and the Profession

Author: Morley D. Glicken

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483315029

Category: Social Science

Page: 696

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A student-friendly introduction to the field of social work, social welfare, and the profession of social work, social issues, and social welfare Designed to get students excited about the profession and thinking critically about what social workers do and how they operate within the larger system, this Second Edition explores social issues in the United States, looks at how the social welfare system attempts to resolve these issues, and considers the many roles assumed by professional social workers within the social welfare system. This edition offers new and revised coverage throughout and reflects recent current events, including the historic 2008 presidential election, catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake, and government responses.

Handbook of Contemporary Families

Considering the Past, Contemplating the Future

Author: Marilyn Coleman,Lawrence H Ganong

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761927136

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 622

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The Handbook of Contemporary Families explores how families have changed in the last 30 years and speculates about future trends. Editors Marilyn Coleman and Lawrence H. Ganong, along with a multidisciplinary group of contributors, critique the approaches used to study relationships and families while suggesting modern approaches for the new millennium. The Handbook looks at how changes within the contemporary family have been reflected in family law, family education, and family therapy. The Handbook of Contemporary Families is an excellent resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, educators, and practitioners who study and work with families in several disciplines, including Family Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Social Work.

The Family Counselor

Author: Jerome H. Blass, PhD

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781469739632

Category: Psychology

Page: 1028

View: 406

For years, clinical psychologist Dr. Jerome Blass practiced individual, family, and marital therapy, as well as educational psychology. He recorded his observations and insights into human behavior in his weekly newspaper column; now he shares his wisdom with the world. The Family Counselor is a compilation of more than eight hundred of Blass’s columns published over a 21-year period in the Jewish Standard, a northern New Jersey weekly newspaper. Dr. Blass uses warmth and empathy to help readers understand and deal with common individual and family problems. He covers a wide range of topics, including child-rearing, family relationships, divorce, death, illness, habits and hang-ups, and social and educational problems. Dr. Blass explains the psychology behind why we think, feel, and behave the way we do, offering practical advice for dealing with a wide variety of life’s problems and challenges. Whether you’re struggling with disciplining your children, trying to fi nd time for your spouse, or dealing with emotional turmoil, Dr. Blass advocates a rational and common sense approach, and will help guide you through life’s obstacles, large and small.

The Future of the American Family

Author: George Barna

Publisher: Moody Pub


Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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The Economic Future of American Families

Income and Wealth Trends

Author: Frank Levy,Richard C. Michel

Publisher: The Urban Insitute

ISBN: 9780877664871

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 132

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Marriage and Family

Perspectives and Complexities

Author: H. Elizabeth Peters,Claire M. Kamp Dush

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520026

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

View: 5881

Family life has been radically transformed over the past three decades. Half of all households are unmarried, while only a quarter of all married households have kids. A third of the nation's births are to unwed mothers, and a third of America's married men earn less than their wives. With half of all women cohabitating before they turn thirty and gay and lesbian couples settling down with increasing visibility, there couldn't be a better time for a book that tracks new conceptions of marriage and family as they are being formed. The editors of this volume explore the motivation to marry and the role of matrimony in a diverse group of men and women. They compare empirical data from several emerging family types (single, co-parent, gay and lesbian, among others) to studies of traditional nuclear families, and they consider the effect of public policy and recent economic developments on the practice of marriage and the stabilization or destabilization of family. Approaching this topic from a variety of perspectives, including historical, cross-cultural, gendered, demographic, socio-biological, and social-psychological viewpoints, the editors highlight the complexity of the modern American family and the growing indeterminacy of its boundaries. Refusing to adhere to any one position, the editors provide an unbiased account of contemporary marriage and family.

The Family in America

Searching for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age

Author: N.A

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412836838

Category: Social Science

Page: 181

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An interpretation of American social history, emphasizing the vital role of the family and household autonomy and threats to both imposed by industrial organization and the state. This edition includes a new introduction by Allan Carlson.

Mutuality Matters

Family, Faith, and Just Love

Author: Herbert Anderson,Edward Foley

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742531550

Category: Religion

Page: 261

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Previous principles of hierarchy, inequality, and duty that defined the relationships between husband, wife, and children have been challenged and often replaced by more fluid bonds of equality, intimacy, emotional self-disclosure, communication, and mutual trust. The key question that has emerged for our times, then, is how exactly do families sustain genuine mutuality, democracy, and strong relationships? Figuring out good answers to this question is the major theme of this book and the origin of the title Mutuality Matters.

Civic Innovation in America

Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal

Author: Carmen Sirianni,Lewis Friedland

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520926004

Category: Social Science

Page: 385

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In this book, two leading experts on community action provide the first scholarly examination of the civic renewal movement that has emerged in the United States in recent decades. Sirianni Friedland examine civic innovation since the 1960s as social learning in four arenas (community organizing/development, civic environmentalism, community health, and public journalism), and they link local efforts to broader networks and to the development of "public policy for democracy." They also explore the emergence of a movement for civic renewal that builds upon the civic movements in these four arenas. In contrast to some recent studies that stress broad indicators of civic decline, this study analyzes innovation as a long process of social learning within specific institutional and policy domains with complex challenges and cross-currents. It draws upon analytical frameworks of social capital, policy learning, organizational learning, regulatory culture, democratic theory, and social movement theory. The study is based upon interviews with more than 400 innovative practitioners, as well as extensive field observation, case study, action research, and historical analysis.

No Direction Home

The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980

Author: Natasha Zaretsky

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807867808

Category: History

Page: 336

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Between 1968 and 1980, fears about family deterioration and national decline were ubiquitous in American political culture. In No Direction Home, Natasha Zaretsky shows that these perceptions of decline profoundly shaped one another. Throughout the 1970s, anxieties about the future of the nuclear family collided with anxieties about the direction of the United States in the wake of military defeat in Vietnam and in the midst of economic recession, Zaretsky explains. By exploring such themes as the controversy surrounding prisoners of war in Southeast Asia, the OPEC oil embargo of 1973-74, and debates about cultural narcissism, Zaretsky reveals that the 1970s marked a significant turning point in the history of American nationalism. After Vietnam, a wounded national identity--rooted in a collective sense of injury and fueled by images of family peril--exploded to the surface and helped set the stage for the Reagan Revolution. With an innovative analysis that integrates cultural, intellectual, and political history, No Direction Home explores the fears that not only shaped an earlier era but also have reverberated into our own time.

Cornelia James Cannon and the Future American Race

Author: Maria Diedrich

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 1558498419

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 267

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This biography examines the life of Cornelia James Cannon (1876û1969), a Radcliffe graduate, wife Of a prominent Harvard professor, and mother of five who became a prolific writer and "all-purpose reformer," in the words of her son-in-law, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. In addition to writing eight novels, Cannon published doyens of essays during the 1920's and 1930's on a broad range of controversial topics. She advocated on behalf of women's rights, birth control, and public education and wrote provocative essays on immigration policy, welfare reform, and eugenics. According to Maria I. Diedrich, it was the last of these concerns, Cornelia's interest in what she and her husband called "the future of the race"ùa term conflating ideas of class, race, and ethnicityùthat inspired many of her varied reform activities. From the vantage point of today it may seem hard to understand how a social reformer and outspoken feminist could also embrace eugenicist principles. Yet, in the context of the time such views were not uncommon among progressive thinkers. Far from being an extremist or even exceptional, Cornelia James Cannon was a woman representative of her social class and historical moment. By disentangling the threads of Cannon's life and thought, Diedrich seeks to shed light on the experiences of other progressive reformers of the interwar Years whose interest in social justice often went hand in hand with racially exclusive notions of Americanness.

A Greedy Society

Author: Charles Henry Orr

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469138549

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 80

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A Greedy Society will show the poor, working, and middle-class people hoping for the American dream being sadly disappointed in America. They have been lied to, cheated, and discriminated against, not only in housing but in employment opportunities as well. This is an investigation of the impact of mortgage foreclosures on African American families and communities in urban areas like Chicago, Illinois. There were one million foreclosures in 2010 in the United States, while Wall Street executives and banks received huge profits from real estate transactions. In this study, the author has covered all aspects of the real estate industry. The main coverage was the problems of foreclosures. The secondary issue in this piece was the African American family’s quality of life. How do foreclosure problems affect African Americans’ future? Why are African American families and communities more vulnerable? What will the future be like in homeownership for African American families in the United States? These questions were researched and analyzed in this academic book. The subjects of business, sociology, politics, and economics will be used in this discussion. The direct connection to my first book is deliberate. Foreclosures will increase the homeless population and poverty in the United States.

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