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Choices and Constraints in Family Life Maureen Baker

Choices and Constraints in Family Life

Maureen Baker

Published March 15th 2010
ISBN : 9780195431599
Paperback
264 pages
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Designed specifically for sociology of the family courses, this text examines the choices and constraints placed on individuals, relationships, and marriages in light of both family circumstances and societal expectations. Using an interdisciplinaryMoreDesigned specifically for sociology of the family courses, this text examines the choices and constraints placed on individuals, relationships, and marriages in light of both family circumstances and societal expectations. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the latest research in sociology, psychology, anthropology, and social history, Choices and Constraints in Family Life explores emerging patterns in family life, including rising rates of cohabitation among both heterosexual and same-sex couples, trends in birth rates, and higher rates of separation, re-partnering, and stepfamilies. With the most up-to-date statistical data, new information on aging and women in the workforce, and extensive coverage of historical and theoretical perspectives, this new second edition is a concise yet comprehensive examination of family life in western society.