The hardcopy I received was from 2002.
This is an essential text, for any course exploring aspects of the family.
It covers all the major areas, including social and demographic trends and the impact of these changes on family structure. It also examines key theoretical approaches to the family, as well as highlighting challenging issues such as the dark side of the family.
The text is easy to read and understand for all levels of learners, ranging from level 3 through to undergraduate and beyond.
This book is essential for any course exploring the Sociology of the Family. Although it is generally focused on the family unit within the United States, it offers significant exploration of many of the core themes within this field of Sociology.
It's the best!
Perfectly suitable for students new to sociology and studying in this field.
This book is clear an concise and covers many key chapters relating to the sociology of the family such as, the study of family life, gender and families, race, ethnicity and families as well as sociological theory. A definite recommend to any undergraduate or postgraduates studying this area or, anyone with a keen interest in this area. The book is set out clearly and is reader friendly with picture pages that can be shown to groups of students for discussion.
interesting reading for sociology students . would recommend for tutors teaching.
A very useful text to dip in and out of with a particularly interesting chapter on gender in the family
A very comprehensive account of the key themes in the study of sociology of families. An excellent resource for students writing essays or preparing for exams.
Absolutely fantastic book. Well structured, accessible and relevant to the area. Bringing well constructued arguments to the fore for students to engage in. However, as it is a Sociology of the family in the US it can only be used comparatively.
Perfect companion text for graduate courses, written in a clear and informative way
I enjoyed reading the book. Even though it might sometimes have too much of an American focus for European (German) students, I'm sure they will benefit from the book. - For my seminar on "Fertility & Parenthood" I assigned Chapter 8 as 'essential' reading.
An informative text, a must for the library shelf. Concisely written with valuable reflection on current issues and influences of 'family'. Chapter highlights are a very useful tool by which students can use to recheck their knowledge by posing the issues and independantly building their responces.