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Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender, Love, and Property

Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender, Love, and Property
Author: Scott L. Coltrane - Randall Collins
ISBN 13: 9780534579609
ISBN 10: 534579604
Edition: 5
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2000-08-25
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 656
List Price: $237.95

This sociological analysis of the system of marriage and family focuses on the family as an institution in society. It uniquely encompasses many facets of society, and students are able to learn about family seen through a cultural and historical perspective. The book sets a high conceptual standard, but uses informal writing and minimal jargon. It presents the perspectives of critical and questioning academics (feminists, progressives, anti-racists, independent-thinkers, cross-disciplinary types, etc.) within a scholarly, well-researched text. It addresses a host of real world issues and practical concerns.


  • NEW! Updated references and examples, including the latest research available and recent government data and projections on marriages and families (census, bureau of labor statistics, vital statistics records, etc.). No group is minimized in the presentation and commitment to the latest research.
  • NEW! Coordination to outside sources-such as InfoTrac College Edition, the Sociology Web site, and CNN Today Videos-makes the book more user-friendly.
  • NEW! At Virtual Society: The Wadsworth Sociology Resource Center (http://sociology.wadsworth.com/) you can find surfing lessons (tips to find information on the Web), a career center, links to great Sociology Web sites, as well as updated information on the latest developments in the field of Sociology.
  • A historical view throughout the text.
  • Uses a comparative approach: comparison across time, across cultures, across types of marriages, types of sexualities, between men and women.
  • Presents the family as a property system-rights of sexual possession, economic property rights, and intergenerational property rights.
  • Full chapter on Kinship Politics to the Patriarchal Household, forming a strong anthropological background.
  • Full chapter on Family Violence.
  • Excellent coverage of: inclusion of diverse marriage and family life, i.e. cohabiting, single-parent, gay, Ch, 2, Ch, 5, Ch, 9; shows the interconnectedness of institutions, Ch, 4; history and evolution of love, Ch. 4; parents and children, historical discussion of childhood, Ch. 12; blasts away myths about divorce, Ch. 14.
  • NEW! Many of the A Closer Look boxes feature the theme of religion and families.
  • NEW! Family is defined earlier in the book in Chapter 1.
  • NEW! More emphasis on embracing diversity-more examples using history and cross-cultural examples to emphasize family types from different races, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexuality, etc.
  • NEW! More emphasis on social policy and the ways it can influence the family.
  • NEW! A list of specific theories provides more depth in the theory sections.
  • NEW! A new glossary.
  • NEW! The different themes of the book are better tied together (series of practical issues, the family as an institution, what has shaped it and how is it changing, professionals that deal with family-related problems).
  • NEW! The latest news and research articles online-updated daily and spanning four years! Choose to package InfoTrac College Edition with this text and you and your students will have 4-month's free access to an easy-to-use online database of reliable, full-length articles (not abstracts) from hundreds of top academic journals and popular sources. Contact your Wadsworth/Thomson Learning representative for more information. Available to North American college and university students only. Journals subject to change.


New edition of a text covering comparative and historical perspectives; diversity in modern families; love, marriage, and childbearing; family realities--housework, violence, relationships; and family changes--divorce & remarriage, life transitions, and the future of the family. The aim is increased understanding of sociological principles as well as increased understanding of and preparation for adult life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)