Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families 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. 25 out of the 54 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.