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Shifting the Center
Understanding Contemporary Families

Fifth Edition
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July 2018 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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The widely-popular anthology Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families is a carefully selected collection of the most important family scholars and topics in the study of the contemporary family today. In the new Fifth Edition, Susan J. Ferguson includes articles from the leading family journals and excerpts from a number of classic book-length studies. The readings address the intersectional nature of families, illustrate well how the institution of the family is changing, and push students’ critical reading and thinking skills.

New to this Edition

  • Added readings on LGBTQ families that challenge the heteronormative ideal of family in the United States.
  • An updated Families in Poverty section includes some of the most important scholarship in sociology right now such as Matthew Desmond's “Severe Deprivation in America: An Introduction” and H. Luke Shaefer, Kathryn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert's “Understanding the Dynamics of $2-a-Day Poverty in the United States.”
  • Expanded coverage of Racial-Ethnic diversity deconstructs white, middle-class families as the norm.
  • Increased coverage of immigrant families.

 
About the Editor
 
Preface
 
Part I. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF FAMILIES
1. The Family in Question: What is the Family? Is It Universal? Diana Gittins
2. Feminist Rethinking from Racial-Ethnic Families Maxine Baca Zinn
*3. LGBTQ Families Nancy Mezey
*4. We Can’t Build Our Social System around Marriage Anymore Philip N. Cohen
 
Part II. HISTORICAL CHANGES AND FAMILY VARIATIONS
5. Historical Perspectives on Family Diversity Stephanie Coontz
6. Fictive Kin, Paper Sons, and Compradazgo Bonnie Thornton Dill
7. The Politics of Theorizing Black Families: Old Debates, New Directions Shirley Hill
*8. Immigrant Families and the Shifting Color Line in the United States Karen D. Pyke
*9. Multigenerational Punishment: Shared Experiences of Undocumented Immigration Status within Mixed-Status Families Laura E. Enriquez
 
Part III. COURTSHIP, DATING, AND POWER
10. Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth A. Armstrong
*11. “We Can Write the Scripts Ourselves”: Queer Challenges to Heteronormative Courtship Practices Ellen Lamont
12. Arranged Marriages: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Monisha Pasupathi
 
Part IV. MARRIAGE, COHABITATION, AND PARTNERSHIP
13. The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage Andrew J. Cherlin
14. Marriage: The Good, the Bad, and the Greedy Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian
*15. Marital Status and Perceived Discrimination among Transgender People Hui Liu and Lindsey Wilkinson
16. Clashing Dreams: Highly Educated Overseas Brides and Low-Wage U.S. Husbands Hung Cam Thai
17. Families Formed Outside of Marriage Judith A. Seltzer
*18. Older Adults Developing a Preference for Living Apart Together Jacquelyn J. Benson and Marilyn Coleman
*19. Intimacy and Emotion Work in Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Relationships Debra Umberson, Mieke Beth Thomeer and Amy C. Lodge
 
Part V. MOTHERHOOD AND FATHERHOOD
20. Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing about Motherhood Patricia Hill Collins
21. Mothering From a Distance: Emotions, Gender, and Intergenerational Relations in Filipino Transnational Families Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
*22. Facets of Agency in Stories of Transforming from Childless by Choice to Mother Julia Moore
23. Fathering: Paradoxes, Contradictions, and Dilemmas Scott Coltrane
*24. Diversity and Meaning in the Study of Black Fatherhood: Toward a New Paradigm Maria S. Johnson and Alford A. Young, Jr.
25. The Father as an Idea Rosanna Hertz
 
Part VI. PARENTS AND PARENTING, CHILDREN AND CHILDREARING
26. Not-so-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care Karen V. Hansen
*27. Emotional Life on the Market Frontier Arlie Hochschild
28. Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children Katherin M. Flower Kim
*29. The Gendered Buffet: LGBTQ Parents Resisting Heteronormativity Kate Henley Averett
30. Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families Annette Lareau
31. Consumption as Care and Belonging: Economies of Dignity in Children’s Daily Lives Allison J. Pugh
 
Part VII. INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
*32. Intergenerational Relationships in Late Life: The Elderly, Their Adult Children, and Their Grandchildren Roberta L. Coles
*33. When the Nest Doesn’t Empty Kathleen S. Newman
34. My Mother’s Hip: Lessons from the World of Eldercare Luisa Margolies
 
Part VIII. DIVORCE, REMARRIAGE, AND BLENDED FAMILIES
*35. Remarriage and Stepfamilies: Strategic Sites for Family Scholarship in the 21st Century Megan M. Sweeney
*36. The Stuff at Mom’s House and the Stuff at Dad’s House: The Material Consumption of Divorce for Adolescents Caitlyn Collins and Michelle Janning
*37. The Effects of Religion on Remarriage Among American Women: Evidence from the National Survey of Family Growth Susannah M. Brown and Jeremy Porter
*38. Boundary Ambiguity in Gay Stepfamilies: Perspectives of Gay Biological Fathers and Their Same-Sex Partners David A. Jenkins
 
Part IX. FAMILIES AND VIOLENCE
39. Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework Kersti A. Yllö
40. Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Domestic Violence Against South Asian Women in the United States Satya P. Krishnan, Malahat Baig-Amin, Louisa Gilbert, Nabila El-Bassel, and Anne Waters
*41. Making the Invisible Visible: LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence Adam M. Messinger
*42. Abuse Across the Life Course: Elder Abuse Angela Hattery and Earl Smith
 
Part X. FAMILIES, WORK, AND CAREWORK
*43. There’s No Such Thing as Having It All: Gender, Work, and Care in an Age of Insecurity Kathleen Gerson
44. Fast-Track Women and the “Choice” to Stay Home Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy
45. Negotiating Work and Parenting over the Life Course: Mexican Family Dynamics in a Binational Context Joanna Dreby
*46. Great Expectations? Working- and Middle-Class Cohabitors’ Expected and Actual Divisions Of Housework Amanda J. Miller and Daniel L. Carlson
47. No Place Like Home: The Division of Domestic Labor in Lesbigay Families Christopher Carrington
48. Creating a Caring Society Evelyn Nakano Glenn
 
Part XI. FAMILIES AND POVERTY
*49. Severe Deprivation in America: An Introduction Matthew Desmond
*50. Understanding The Dynamics of $2-A-Day Poverty in the United States H. Luke Shaefer, Kathryn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert
*51. Morality and Work-Family Conflict in the Lives of Poor and Low-Income Women Judith Hennesey
52. Unmarried with Children Kathyrn Edin and Maria Kefalas
 
* Denotes New Reading to 5th Edition

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Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Added readings on LGBTQ families that challenge the heteronormative ideal of family in the United States.
  • An updated Families in Poverty section includes some of the most important scholarship in sociology right now such as Matthew Desmond's “Severe Deprivation in America: An Introduction” and H. Luke Shaefer, Kathryn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert's “Understanding the Dynamics of $2-a-Day Poverty in the United States.”
  • Expanded coverage of Racial-Ethnic diversity deconstructs white, middle-class families as the norm.
  • Increased coverage of immigrant families.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Historical and cross-cultural articles help shatter the idea that one universal family form is constant across cultures and time.
  • The readings reflect cutting-edge scholarship by well-known family scholars and innovative work that highlights concepts, theories, and research methodologies currently used to study family.
  • The research on families of color, gay and lesbian families, working-class families, and other diverse family forms is moved from the margins of analysis to the center of the analytical framework.
  • The book encourages students to think critically about what they are reading and helps them understand the difference between family concerns that are “public issues” and those that are “private troubles.”




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