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Families as They Really Are

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393932782
ISBN-10: 0393932788
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“Here’s a book destined to make publishers of textbooks on U.S. family studies tremble. Families as They Really Are is bursting its generous seams with lively, lucid, authoritative, original essays on every form and facet of contemporary family life. This fabulous collection presents work by a cavalcade of the field’s most preeminent and creative scholars. No textbook can possibly compete.” (Judith Stacey, author, In the Name of the Family)

Families as They Really Are is an anthology as it really should be―an admirably comprehensive collection of provocative essays by the top scholars studying families today.” (Brian Powell, Indiana University)

“This incredibly useful book goes well beyond rebutting myths about family change to provide succinct and highly readable introductions to practically every controversial family issue on the public agenda today. The attention to how class, race, gender and sexuality challenge families and shape family concerns is thoughtful and balanced.” (Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin)

“The story of America’s families is too often narrowed to fit a predetermined theme. Instead, this collection presents powerful, well-written new work by a diverse roundtable of social scientists, whose wealth of research expertise is matched by a common commitment to clarity without over-simplification.” (Philip Cohen, University of North Carolina)

Families as They Really Are is a dream edited collection--solid sociology from leading scholars yet also readable and real.” (Mary Blair-Loy, University of California, San Diego)

About the Author

Barbara J. Risman is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, as well as the Founding Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at North Carolina State University. Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition and over two dozen journal articles. She is also the president of the board of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention. In 2005, Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2013, she was elected vice president of the American Sociological Association. She is currently testing theories about whether hormonal exposure in utero influences gendered selves in adulthood. Risman strongly believes that sociologists have a responsibility both to do good research and to teach about it in the classroom and to the public at large.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393932788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393932782
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melanie Bolton on November 1, 2010
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Had to buy this book as the main text for my Family Studies class. It provides a lot of articles from balanced sources. Much more fun than reading from a textbook.
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This is an anthology very much worth reading. Interesting for everyone concerned about family dynamics in our age.
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By Kari on July 15, 2012
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I liked all the different viewpoints amongst this group of scholarly articles (mostly). There are also newspaper pieces. It read very easily.
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Had to read it for class and i actually read it enjoyably. It has many interesting topics that are compiled by various authors.
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I needed this book for a class and it was cheaper to buy on here compared to my school bookstore. The book was in perfect condition with no writing or highlights inside the text. It was basically brand new even when I bought a used version.
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Fast!
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great
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