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Choices and Constraints in Family Life
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LIST OF TABLES AND BOXES; PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; DEFINING FAMILIES; HISTORICAL CHANGES IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILIES; FAMILY POLICIES AND THE STATE; GENDER, CLASS, ETHNICITY, AND FAMILY POLICIES; CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL VARIATIONS IN FAMILIES; FAMILY STRUCTURE; AUTHORITY AND LINEAGE; MARRIAGE SYSTEMS; MULTICULTURALISM AND CULTURAL CLASHES; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; SOCIAL STRUCTURE SHAPES FAMILY PATTERNS; INTERPERSONAL FACTORS SHAPE FAMILY LIFE; IDEAS, GLOBAL CULTURE, AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE INFLUENCE FAMILY LIFE; THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK USED IN THIS BOOK; METHODS OF FAMILY RESEARCH; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; THE SOCIAL REGULATION OF SEXUALITY AND COURTSHIP; DATING AND SEXUALITY IN THE PAST; EARLY PATTERNS OF COURTSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT; CURRENT DATING AND SEXUAL PRACTICES; DATING ABUSE; REMAINING SINGLE; FINDING PARTNERS: ADVERTISING VERSUS TRADITION; THE TRANSITION FROM DATING TO COHABITATION; RISING RATES OF COHABITATION; THE SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF INCREASED COHABITATION; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; NEGOTIATING THE TRANSITION FROM COHABITATION TO MARRIAGE; WHO MARRIES WHOM?; THE RISE IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; LEGAL MARRIAGE RATES; CULTURAL PRACTICES IN MARRIAGE; PREFERRED MARRIAGE PARTNERS AND THE EXCHANGE OF GIFTS; RESIDENCE, RELATIONS WITH KIN, AND SURNAMES; WESTERN WEDDINGS AND MARRIAGE PRACTICES; MARRIAGE QUALITY; MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST FEMALE PARTNERS; BARRIERS TO LEGAL MARRIAGE; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; PARENTING AND CHILDHOOD IN THE PAST; FERTILITY PATTERNS; WHY HAVE CHILDREN?; ASSISTED CONCEPTION AND SURROGACY; PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY PRACTICES; CHILD-REARING PRACTICES; SOCIALIZATION AND GENDER ROLES; RESEARCH ON FATHERING; SAME-SEX PARENTING; PARENTING CHALLENGES AND CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING; THE EXTENSION OF ADOLESCENCE; CHILD WELFARE ISSUES; STATE SUPPORT FOR CHILD-REARING; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; COHABITATION, MARRIAGE, AND HOUSEWORK; EARLY STUDIES OF HOUSEHOLD WORK; CURRENT STUDIES ON HOUSEHOLD WORK; HOUSEHOLD WORK, PAID WORK, AND STRESS; HOUSEHOLD MONEY AND WEALTH ACCUMULATION; CHANGING LABOUR MARKETS; GENDER AND WORK; EMPLOYMENT AND PARENTHOOD; DEALING WITH CHILD POVERTY; PARENTAL LEAVE AND CHILD-CARE SUBSIDIES FOR EMPLOYED PARENTS; CONCLUSION: THE GROWING IMPACT OF PAID WORK ON FAMILY LIFE; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; WHY ARE SO MANY COUPLES SEPARATING?; OUTCOMES OF SEPARATION AND DIVORCE; FAMILY AND DIVORCE LAWS; MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND PROPERTY; REFORMS IN CHILD CUSTODY AND RESIDENCE PATTERNS; REFORMS IN ASSESSMENT AND ENFORCEMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT; CHILDREN, SEPARATION, AND DIVORCE; REMARRIAGE AND STEPFAMILIES; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; THE CHANGING MEANING OF AGING; LIFE EXPECTANCY, THE LIFE CYCLE, AND AGING; MID-LIFE: IS IT A TIME OF SECURITY OR CRISIS?; LIFE SATISFACTION AND MARRIAGE STABILITY; GRANDPARENTING AND WIDOWHOOD; RETIREMENT INCOME AND PENSIONS; BECOMING FRAIL OR DISABLED; DOES AGING MAKE PEOPLE MORE CONSERVATIVE?; CONCLUSION; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITES; LEARNING OBJECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; PREDICTING FUTURE FAMILY PATTERNS; WILL PEOPLE STILL GET MARRIED?; WILL PEOPLE STILL HAVE CHILDREN?; HOW WILL COUPLES COMBINE EARNING AND CARING?; WILL COUPLES STAY TOGETHER?; WILL AGING BE A PROBLEM?; THE FUTURE OF FAMILY STUDIES; QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THOUGHT; QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE; SUGGESTED READINGS; SUGGESTED WEBSITE; GLOSSARY; REFERENCES; INDEX

About the Author

Maureen Baker is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a senior researcher for Canada's Parliament, specializing in social policy issues relating to families and women. From 1990 to 1997, she was an associate professor and professor at McGill University. Since January 1998, she has lived and worked in New Zealand. In 2008, she was made a fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities. In 2009, she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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