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Family Patterns, Gender Relations

Fourth Edition

Bonnie Fox

This new fourth edition offers a thought-provoking introduction to key issues, questions, findings, and debates in family studies. Combining high-quality readings with contextualizing part introductions, this compelling collection explores the complex dynamics of family life with a focus on how gendered relationships continue to play a major role in the structure of today's families. With classic and contemporary readings from Canada, the US, and the UK, Family Patterns, Gender Relations offers students a wide variety of perspectives on what it means to be a family in our modern world.

Readership : Family Patterns, Gender Relations is a core or supplemental text intended for use in family studies courses offered out of sociology and women's studies departments at the second- and third-year level in colleges and universities nationwide.

Part One: Family in Perspective
1. Bonnie Fox and Meg Luxton: Analyzing the Familiar: Definitions, Approaches, and Issues at the Heart of Studying Families
2. Felicity Edholm: The Unnatural Family
Part Two: Family Diversity over Time
3. Eleanor B. Leacock: Women in an Egalitarian Society: The Montagnais-Naskapi of Canada
4. Louise A. Tilly and Joan W. Scott: The Family Economy in Pre-industrial England and France
5. Tamara K. Hareven: Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Community
6. Maxine L. Margolis: Putting Mothers on the Pedestal
7. Mary Louise Adams: Sexuality and the Post-war Domestic "Revival"
8. Meg Luxton: Wives and Husbands
Part Three: Families Today: The Social Relations That Make Families
Section 1: Negotiating Adult Intimacy
9. Yen Le Espiritu: 'We Don't Sleep Around Like White Girls Do': Family, Culture, and Gender in Filipina-American Lives
10. Sharon Sassler and Amanda Miller: Waiting to Be Asked: Gender, Power, and Relationship Progression Among Cohabiting Couples
11. Dawn H. Currie: 'Here Comes the Bride': The Making of a 'Modern Traditional' Wedding in Western Culture
12. Melanie Ann Beres: Desire, Pleasure, and Sex in Young Adults' Heterosexual Relationships
Section 2: Parenthood
13. Bonnie Fox: When the Baby Comes Home
14. Diana Worts: 'Like a Family': Reproductive Work in a Co-operative Setting
15. Gillian A. Dunne: Opting into Motherhood: Lesbians Blurring the Boundaries and Transforming the Meaning of Parenthood and Kinship
16. Andrea Doucet: Fathers and Emotional Responsibility
Section 3: The Work of Sustaining Families
17. Sedef Arat-Koc: The Politics of Family and Immigration in the Subordination of Domestic Workers in Canada
18. Meg Luxton: Family Coping Strategies: Balancing Paid Employment and Domestic Labour
Part Four: Families Negotiating Change
Section 1: Immigration
19. Guida Man: From Hong Kong to Canada: Immigration and the Changing Family Lives of Middle-class Women from Hong Kong
20. Gillian Creese, Isabel Dyck, and Arlene Tigar McLaren: Gender, Generation, and the 'Immigrant Family': Negotiating Migration Processes
21. Kara Somerville: Making and Sustaining Transnational Families
Section 2: Economic and Other Upheaval
22. Jo-Anne Fiske and Rose Johnny: The Lake Babine First Nation Family: Yesterday and Today
23. Kate Bezanson: Putting Together a Life: Families, Coping, and Economic Change, 1997-2008
Section 3: Divorce and Its Aftermath
24. Catherine Kohler Riessman: Mourning Different Dreams: Gender and the Companionate Marriage
25. Carol Smart, Bren Neale, and Amanda Wade: 'Doing' Post-divorce Childhood
26. Elizabeth Church: Kinship and Stepfamilies
Part Five: Problems, Policies, and the Law
27. Rosemary Gartner, Myrna Dawson, and Maria Crawford: Confronting Violence in Women's Lives
28. Mary Jane Mossman: Conversations About Families in Canadian Courts and Legislatures: Are There 'Lessons' for the United States?
29. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay: Quebec's Policies for Work-Family Balance: A Model for Canada?

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Bonnie Fox is associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. She has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as When Couples Become Parents: The Creation of Gender in the Transition to Parenthood (UTP, 2009).

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Special Features

  • Balance of Canadian and international contributors ensures this reader is relevant to students in this country while also offering them a global perspective.
  • Interdisciplinary approach examines family life through a variety of disciplines, including sociology, women's studies, gender studies, and Canadian studies, offering students a well-rounded overview.
  • Encourages critical thinking by challenging students to reconsider traditional assumptions about family relations and gender roles.
New to this Edition
  • Thirteen new readings - tackling essential topics such as stepfamilies, transnational families, Aboriginal families, divorce, social policy, economic change, and cross-cultural influences-provide fresh perspectives on key issues and developments.
  • A revised introductory chapter gives students a working definition of family and an overview of the theoretical approaches that social scientists use to study family and gender.
  • A new glossary helps students keep track of and understand important terms related to the sociology of the family.
  • New part introductions and updated section and chapter introductions offer current context for understanding the readings that follow.
  • A new part on problems, policies, and the law (Part 5) covers social policies as they relate to families, exposing students to this crucial facet of the discipline.