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Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families

Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families
Author: Susan J Ferguson
ISBN 13: 9780072825855
ISBN 10: 72825855
Edition: 3
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Publication Date: 2005-12-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 792
List Price: N/A

This anthology explores the issues and diversity of contemporary families, presenting balanced coverage of racial and ethnic variation and discussing a wide variety of family arrangements and processes. 32 out of the 50 selections included are new to this edition.


Presents 48 articles on the family brought together to meet four pedagogical roles: to deconstruct the notion of a universal family over time and across culture; to reflect cutting-edge scholarship by well-known family scholars; to integrate race-ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in the analysis; and to promote critical reading and thinking. Several family forms, including arranged marriages, cohabitation, heterosexual marriages, single parent households, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families are treated throughout the text in a conscious effort to demarginalize the "alternative" family. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.