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Counted Out: Same-sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of Family (The American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology) Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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About the Author

BRIAN POWELL is Rudy Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. CATHERINE BOLZENDAHL is assistant professor of sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. CLAUDIA GEIST is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah. LALA CARR STEELMAN is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871546876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871546876
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Counted Out is a stellar overall count on who is interested to know about the contemporary American family; it demonstrates that American definitions of family are becoming more expansive This book's recognizes three groups of Americans: "traditionalists" who hold onto a more narrow definition of family; "tolerant" who are willing to count same-sex couples as family if children are involved; and "open-minded" who have a very broad view and tolerate any of family; it is a book for anyone.
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This book is very interesting. From their surveys they divide Americans into 3 groups (exclusionists, moderates, and inclusionists) and shows some very interesting findings about what these groups things and why. It is a very thorough sociological work. The other sections of the book cover things like social and geographical distance and how that affects definition of family.

What I don't like about this book is probably just a matter of personal taste. It reads like a research paper, but then again it pretty much is a research paper in book form, so it should read that way. It is extremely clearly written and not at all inaccessible to the average person who is just curious about these issues, however, so don't think that by research paper I mean it's 'boring' or unengaging. It's very interesting and well done.

But it does feel a little stiff. That is not the most legitimate criticism to have for this book, but that's just my opinion.
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COUNTED OUT is a sweeping examination of societal attitudes toward ALL families. It is a path breaking, objective study of the social construction of what a family means and American's contextual and evolving attitudes toward human relationships. A wonderful read. highly recommend. Laura
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This book is an excellent addition to the sociology of the family. A quality sociological analysis on the changing norms concerning family definitions. This book is great for anyone interested in the changing family and for classroom use. Very Timely and the writing style is excellent as well.
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Brian Powell revealed his bias for homosexual sexual identity in his comments on the Washington Journal. 1500 people in the survey do not make a case that Americans are moving toward same sex unions as "marriage" or as "family". Brian has mannerisms and beliefs that seem LGBT rather than sociological science. Russell Sage has again published another work that is more propaganda than professionally or intellectually accurate.
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