Families in America
A Reference Handbook
For anyone who thinks of the American family as still conforming to the Leave it to Beaver model, it's safe to say that the reruns are far out of step with reality. Families in America provides a thorough review of the diverse, fluctuating needs of the contemporary American family.
||Current Events and Issues/Society
An in-depth and multifaceted examination of the contemporary American family, this introductory handbook is the only one of its kind and presents a solid, authoritative overview.
There is little doubt that the American family has changed from colonial times to the present. But what have those changes been? How have family dynamics shifted to deal with the countless new looks of the American Family? In Families in America, author Jeffrey Scott Turner has written a current and complete work that will be of great interest to general audiences as well as students of psychology and sociology.
This work sheds light on everything from multicultural family variations and reproductive technologies to families of divorce and blended families. The book is bolstered by chapters that cite recent and important books on family life, as well as a listing of educational videotapes on family life in America.
- Provides a chronology, an A–Z collection of biographical sketches, and a statistical portrait of family life in America
- Includes an extensive directory of organizations and annotated bibliography of print and nonprint resources
- Only introductory handbook that provides a wide range of topical discussions accompanied by a comprehensive roster of supporting reference materials
- Provides a solid, conceptual foundation of basic terms, concepts, and policies related to family life in America
- Particular emphasis on exposing readers to historical, multicultural, and international perspectives
- Series Description
Contemporary World Issues
This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.
24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?
A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.
- Subject coverage spans six main categories:
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- GENDER AND ETHNICITY
- POLITICS, LAW, AND GOVERNMENT
- SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MEDICINE
- Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
- A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
- A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
- A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
- Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
- A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
- Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
- Profiles of key players and organizations
- A glossary of key terms
- Author Info
"Students or teachers who seek current information about families will find ample factual data clearly presented in this comprehensive book on family life in the United States. Recommended."
"[W]ell suited to such a variety of people seeking an introduction to the evolving challenges American families meet . . . Some of the great strengths of the book lie in the expansive resource lists . . . This volume would be useful in public, academic, and high school libraries as a concise, highly readable introduction to the American family."
"[P]rovides a comprehensive overview of the diverse modern-day family in one compact package . . . A detailed table of contents, complete subject index, and glossary make this unique reference tool simple to navigate and a pleasure to use. This handbook is highly recommended for public and all levels of academic libraries."
"[D]oes an excellent job of framing the issues . . . indeed well suited to such a variety of people seeking an introduction to the evolving challenges American families meet. . . . This volume would be useful in public, academic, and high school libraries as a concise, highly readable introduction to the American family."