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Family Policy
Constructed Solutions to Family Problems


May 2001 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable."

-- Dorina Noble, Louisiana State University

"The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text."

-- Jessica Ziembroski, University of Notre Dame

With so many challenges facing families and governments in the United States today, this is an important time to be thinking about family policy. Respected family policy expert Shirley Zimmerman offers the only single-authored core textbook to provide a comprehensive and coherent introduction to family policy. The application of the frameworks to real life issues in family policy provides the opportunity for students to learn to think conceptually about family policy in relation to family problems. She clearly and cogently guides students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well-being, ending with a carefully considered set of conclusions and implications for policy practice.

Family Policy offers concrete illustrative examples that bring the academic subject matter to life for students. Questions at the end of each chapter help students test their comprehension of the material, deepen their understanding of the subject matter, and spur classroom discussion.


 
PART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
 
Family Policy
The Emergence of Its Discourse and Knowledge-Producing Activities  
 
Family Policy Discourse
The Construction of Family Problems and Their Solutions  
 
The Many and Changing Meanings of Family
 
Family Values in the Context of Family Change
 
Attitudes toward Government, Families, and the Economy
 
PART TWO: FROM ATTITUDES TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY PROBLEMS
 
From Attitudes to Solutions
Family Policies Constructed at the Federal Level for Selected Years in the 1980s and 1990s  
 
The Defense of Marriage Act
The Construction of a Solution or a Problem?  
 
States' Political Cultures and Their Constructed Solutions to Family Problems in the 1990s
 
PART THREE: CONSTRUCTING SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY PROBLEMS: POLICY FRAMEWORKS
 
The Institutional Framework
Family Policy as the Outcome of Institutional Arrangements  
 
The Rational Choice Framework
The Construction of Family Policy as Rational Choice  
 
Variations on Policy as Rational Choice in the Construction of Policy Solutions to Family Problems
Incremental Theory and Game Theory  
 
An Alternative to Family Choice Theory in the Construction of Family Policy
Political Culture Theory  
 
More Policy Frameworks for Constructing Solutions to Family Problems
Interest Group Theory and Elite Theory  
 
The Construction of Policy Solutions to Family Problems
A Systems' Perspective  
 
PART FOUR: THE IMPLICATIONS OF CONSTRUCTED SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY PROBLEMS FOR FAMILY WELLBEING: FAMILY FRAMEWORKS
 
Implications of Constructed Solutions to Family Problems for Family Well-Being
Family Systems Theory and Exchange and Choice Theories  
 
Symbolic Interactionism and Family Stress Theory
Interpretative Frameworks for Thinking about Family Well-Being  
 
Conflict Theory and Feminist and Cultural Theories
Interpretative Frameworks for Thinking about Constructed Solutions to Family Problems and their Implications for Family Well-Being  
 
PART FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS
 
Adding It All Up
Family Policy as Constructed Solutions to Family Problems-Past, Present and Future  
 
Family Policy
Constructed Solutions to Family Problems-Implications for Family Policy Practice  

"I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable."  

DORINA NOBLE
Louisiana State University

"The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text." 

JESSICA ZIEMBROSKI
University of Notre Dame

I love the book but it is not a updated. I need a textbook within the last five years.

Professor Ouida Pittman
Human Sciences Dept, Alcorn State University
August 29, 2016

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