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Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society, 11th Edition

  • Mary Ann Lamanna
  • Agnes Riedmann
  • ISBN-10: 1111301549
  • ISBN-13: 9781111301545
  • 656 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2000, 1997, 1994
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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Overview

About the Product

This bestselling text on marriages, families, and relationships combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today’s dynamic global environment: “Making choices in a diverse society.” The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological, or ecological and family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and family forms.

Features

  • Consistently presents the very latest research and statistics.

  • Thematic organization focuses on making choices over the life course.

  • Balances emphasis on social structure with importance of individual agency, choice, and decision-making.

  • New and existing topics are presented in a logical sequence that allows students to build steadily on their growing understanding of course material.

  • “As We Make Choices” features focus on decision making with regard to practical topics such as legal ramifications of living together outside marriage, selecting a child care facility, or communicating supportively with step-grandchildren.

About the Author

Mary Ann Lamanna

Mary Ann Lamanna is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research and teaching interests include family, reproduction, and gender and law. Other research has concerned the sociology of literature -- specifically "novels of terrorism" -- and a sociological analysis of Marcel Proust's novel IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME. In addition to numerous articles in law, sociology and medical humanities journals, Dr. Lamanna is the author of EMILE DURKHEIM ON THE FAMILY (Sage, 2002) and co-author of a book on Vietnamese refugees. She received her bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University (St. Louis) in political science, her master's degree in sociology (minor in psychology) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Agnes Riedmann

Agnes Riedmann is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Stanislaus. Her professional areas of interest are theory, family and the sociology of body image. Dr. Riedmann spent the 2008-09 academic year as a Fulbright Professor at the Graduate School for Social Research, affiliated with the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where she taught courses in family, social policy and globalization. She is author of SCIENCE THAT COLONIZES: A CRITIQUE OF FERTILITY STUDIES IN AFRICA (Temple University Press, 1993). Dr. Riedmann attended Clarke College, Dubuque, received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University and earned her doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

Table of Contents

1. Marriage, Relationships, and Family Commitments: Making Choices in a Changing Society.
2. Exploring Relationships and Families.
3. American Families in Social Context.
4. Our Gendered Identities.
5. Our Sexual Selves.
6. Love and Choosing a Life Partner.
7. Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship.
8. Living Alone, Cohabiting, Same-Sex Unions, and Other Intimate Relationships.
9. To Parent or Not to Parent.
10. Raising Children in a Diverse Society.
11. Work and Family.
12. Communication in Relationships, Marriages, and Families.
13. Power and Violence in Families.
14. Family Stress, Crisis and Resilience.
15. Divorce: Before and After.
16. Remarriages and Stepfamilies.
17. Aging Families.

New to this edition

  • A powerful Chapter 1, Marriage, Relationships, and Family Commitments, that continues to present the choices and life course themes of the book, while also showcasing new sections on distinction between structural and functional family definitions, “Adapting Family Definitions to the Postmodern Family” and “Three Societal Trends That Impact Families.”
  • A thoroughly updated Chapter 2 (“Exploring Relationships and Families”) that includes new presentation of both theory and methods to better portray the integral relationship between family theories and methods for researching families.
  • Chapter 3, American Families in Social Context, includes significant demographic updates, and revised history section, as well as a more global analysis that allows for a contextualization of the cultural and economic changes affecting American families.
  • Chapter 4 features entirely new material on gender, including a section (“Is Anatomy Destiny?”) on the gender similarities hypothesis, an updated perspective on the Women’s and Men’s Movements and on the future of gender, and more.
  • Chapter 5, Our Sexual Selves, now presents expanded theoretical perspectives on human sexuality now with both micro and macro levels of analysis, expanded and updated coverage of extramarital affairs, and a discussion of the politicization of research and of sex education.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Marriages & Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society  (ISBN-10: 1111726434 | ISBN-13: 9781111726430)

This bestselling marriage and family text combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: "Making choices in a diverse society." The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological and ecological or family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use warmth, humor, and an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and marriage and family alternatives.

Instructor's Resource with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111357382 | ISBN-13: 9781111357382)

The Instructor's Resource Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation, including detailed lecture outlines, chapter summaries, lecture, activity, and discussion suggestions, as well as film and video resources. It also includes student learning objectives, chapter review sheets, and Internet and InfoTrac College Edition exercises. The Test Bank offers questions in multiple choice, true/false, completion, short answer, and essay formats. The Instructor's Resource Manual also includes a full answer key and references to main text page numbers for answers to the thoroughly revised Test Bank questions. In addition, the multiple-choice and true/false questions contain labeling that maps to the learning objectives. NEW to this edition: Critical Thinking Questions from the box features in the textbook are incorporated into classroom discussion questions and Test Bank essay questions. Verify that your students understand concepts in the book by including these questions on your tests!

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111941300 | ISBN-13: 9781111941307)

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WebTutor™ on WebCT with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111941289 | ISBN-13: 9781111941284)

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Family & Consumer Science CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111861218 | ISBN-13: 9781111861216)

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CengageNOW with eBook, InfoTrac 1-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111941734 | ISBN-13: 9781111941734)

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Online Activities for Courses on The Family  (ISBN-10: 0495814474 | ISBN-13: 9780495814474)

Made up of contributions from Marriage and Family instructors, this online supplement is offered free to adopters of our Marriage and Family books and features new classroom activities for professors to use. Incorporate these activities in your lectures to get students thinking, or use them as a jumping off point to create your own unique activities!

Classroom Activities  (ISBN-10: 0495101192 | ISBN-13: 9780495101192)

Made up of contributions from Marriage and Family instructors, this supplement is offered free to adopters of our Marriage and Family books and features new classroom activities for professors to use.

ABC Video - Marriage & Family, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 049500457X | ISBN-13: 9780495004578)

Launch your lectures with exciting video clips from the award-winning news coverage of ABC. Addressing topics covered in a typical course, these videos are divided into short segments, perfect for introducing key concepts in contexts relevant to students' lives.

ABC DVD - Marriage & Family, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 049509529X | ISBN-13: 9780495095293)

ABC Videos feature short, high interest clips from current news events as well as historic raw footage going back 40 years. Clips are drawn from such programs as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Nightline, as well as numerous ABC News specials and material from the Associated Press Television News and British Movietone News collections. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for a complete listing of videos and policies.

ABC Video: Marriage and Family, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 0495319406 | ISBN-13: 9780495319405)

ABC Videos feature short, high interest clips from current news events as well as historic raw footage going back 40 years. Clips are drawn from such programs as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Nightline, as well as numerous ABC News specials and material from the Associated Press Television News and British Movietone News collections. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for a complete listing of videos and policies.

ABC DVD: Marriage and Family, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 0495319392 | ISBN-13: 9780495319399)

Launch your lectures with exciting video clips from the award-winning news coverage of ABC. Addressing topics covered in a typical course, these videos are divided into short segments, perfect for introducing key concepts in contexts relevant to students' lives.

The Wadsworth Sociology Video Library, Vol. 1 (featuring BBC Motion Gallery Video Clips)  (ISBN-10: 0495909734 | ISBN-13: 9780495909736)

Enhance your lectures with new video clips from the BBC Motion Gallery and CBS news. Addressing a variety of sociological topics, these videos are divided into short segments, perfect for introducing key concepts with footage sourced from some of the most remarkable collections in the world.

Student Supplements

Marriages & Families: Making Choices in a Diverse Society  (ISBN-10: 1111726434 | ISBN-13: 9781111726430)

This bestselling marriage and family text combines a rigorous scholarly and applied approach with a unique theme especially relevant to today's dynamic global environment: "Making choices in a diverse society." The text achieves an excellent balance between the sociological and ecological or family systems theoretical perspectives, while including extensive coverage of family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. The authors use warmth, humor, and an engaging presentation to create a highly readable text that offers insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and marriage and family alternatives.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111941300 | ISBN-13: 9781111941307)

Improve your grades with WebTutor™ review and test prep tools.

WebTutor™ on WebCT with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111941289 | ISBN-13: 9781111941284)

Improve your grades with WebTutor™ review and test prep tools.

Family & Consumer Science CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111861218 | ISBN-13: 9781111861216)

Access an integrated eBook, chapter-specific interactive learning tools, including flashcards, quizzes, videos and more in your Sociology CourseMate, accessed through CengageBrain.com.

CengageNOW with eBook, InfoTrac 1-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111941734 | ISBN-13: 9781111941734)

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