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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Over the past few yearsthere have been rousing debates among social critics
and cultural commentators about the status of the American family and itsfuture.
On one side of this debate are those claimingthe American family is in decline.
Acculturation is a concept that originated in the discipline of anthropology, and is
only one formof culture change as a result of contact with other cultures. The first
person credited with its use in the English languageisPowell, inthelate 1800s; ...
location andvoluntarily choose to remainliving inthehost culture. Research has
found that the two risk factors of psychological wellbeing areforcedor involuntary
contact and/ora temporary situation. Acculturation Attitudes and Strategies ...
Types ofAssimilation Linear assimilation isthe idea that individualswill losetraits
oftheir original culture and adopt traits ofthe mainstream dominant cultureat a
consistent rate.This type ofchange is saidto occur because ofa prolonged
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