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SOCI.2310: Sociology of Families

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Welcome to Sociology of the Family

“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?


Textbooks Spring 2020

Some pages of this version of Families in America are available from Google Books.

Required Texts

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.)