The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia
Marilyn J. Coleman, Lawrence H. Ganong
SAGE Publications, Sep 2, 2014 - Social Science - 2144 pages
The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual’s development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the “ideal” family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity.
Available in both digital and print formats, this carefully balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy.
The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions.
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In 2012,about 8,600 international adoptions were completed that placed
childrenwith U.S. parents. The Hague Adoption Convention on theProtection of
Children and Co operationin Respectof InterCountry Adoption (usuallyreferred
The Transition to Adoptive Parenthood Some research has examinedthe
transitiontoadoptive parenthood for sexual minorities, ... Parent and Child
Functioning Some research hasexploredthe wellbeing of sexual minority
their biological parents. Involuntary statemandated adoptions tendto involve
older childrenwho know the identity of theirbirth parents because they have spent
a significant amount oftheir liveswith them. In situations that aresafe for child,such
Effect onAdoptive Parents and Adoptees Early research examining the outcomes
for adoptive parents with open adoption suggested that there may be adverse
consequences, such as distress andworry about how contact will affect their child
children are adoptedworldwide eachyear, and that nearlyhalf of adoptive families
reside inthe United States. Adoption by single parents asof 2013 accounts for
approximately 20 percent ofall adoptions in theUnited States; this is a dramatic ...
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