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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” –Jane Howard
This course uses a sociological approach to understand family forms, practices and controversies in contemporary society, with particular emphasis on families in the United States. We will look closely at how family experiences and opportunities have changed over time, and also how they vary by gender, age, class, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation. What functions does the family perform in modern society? How is it changing? How do these changes affect our lives?
Risman, Barbara J. & Virginia E. Rutter ed. (2015). Families as They Really Are. 2nd Ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Edin, Kathryn J. & H. Luke Shaefer. (2015). $2.00 A Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America. Boston: Mariner Books.
Janning, Michelle. (2017). The Stuff of Family Life. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
(Google books e-book available. Not all pages may be available.)