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Cultural Diversity and Families

Cultural Diversity and Families
Expanding Perspectives

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January 2007 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Cultural Diversity and Families: Expanding Perspectives breaks new ground by investigating how concepts of cultural diversity have shaped the study of families from theoretical and applied perspectives. Authors Bahira Sherif Trask and Raeann R. Hamon move the dialogue about culturally diverse families to a new level by topically discussing the issues affecting culturally diverse families rather than organizing the information by racial and or ethnic groups. Key Features: Investigates the impact of cultural diversity on the study of families: In order to transcend simplistic categorizations that have juxtaposed White families in opposition to families of color and vice versa, this book delineates the increasing cultural diversity of American families and examines the impact of these demographic changes for the social sciences. Emphasizes the full range of cultural aspects: The book consciously emphasizes cultural aspects, not just ethnicity, but also socioeconomic status, gender, religion, etc. over racial impacts on family life so as not to reinforce the myth that race is a biological truth. By sharing unique family experiences across groups, the book enhances understanding, directs future family research, and serves these families through responsive policy and practice. Offers more coverage of culturally diverse families than any other text: Divided into three parts, this comprehensive text first sets the stage of historical, current, and projected demographic trends pertaining to American families; explores issues facing culturally diverse families from a thematic perspective; and discusses of the impact of cultural diversity for family theory, research, service delivery, and public policy. Intended Audience: This is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Families in a Multicultural Society, Ethnic Minority Families, and Cultural Diversity in American Families in the departments of Human Development &BAD:amp; Family Studies, Sociology, and Family Social Work.
Bahira Sherif Trask & Raeann R. Hamon
Part I: History and Trends in the Study of Culturally Diverse Families
Pearl Stewart & Katia Paz Goldfarb
1. Historical Trends in the Study of Diverse Families
Fabienne Doucet & Raeann R. Hamon
2. A Nation of Diversity: Demographics of the United States of America and Their Implications for Families
Bahira Sherif Trask & Ramona Marotz-Baden
3. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Culturally Diverse Families
Part II: Family Life in Culturally Diverse Families
Katherine R. Allen & Ben K. Beitin
4. Gender and Class in Culturally Diverse Families
Bahira Sherif Trask & Julie M. Koivunen
5. Trends in Marriage and Cohabitation
Seongeun Kim & Tara Woofolk
6. Women, Work, and Families: Locating Experiences in Social Contexts
Kimberly A. Greder & William D. Allen
7. Parenting in Color: Culturally Diverse Perspectives on Parenting
Rona J. Karasik & Raeann R. Hamon
8. Cultural Diversity and Aging Families
Paula M. Usita
9. Parent-Child Ties of Culturally Diverse Aging Families
Part III: Contextual Issues and Culturally Diverse Families
Donald G. Unger, Teresita Cuevas, & Tara Woolfolk
10. Human Services and Cultural Diversity: Tenuous Relationships, Challenges, and Opportunities Ahead
Judith A. Myers-Walls & Larissa V. Frias
11. Family, School, and Community: Finding Green Lights at the Intersection
Deborah B. Gentry
12. Family Life Education: Implications of Cultural Diversity
Tammy L. Henderson
13. The Compelling Realities of Diversity, Policies, and Laws
Mary Ann Hollinger
14. Ethical Reflections for a Globalized Family Curriculum: A Developmental Paradigm
Bahira Sherif Trask & Raeann R. Hamon
Concluding Observations
About the Editors and Contributors

more comprehensive updates of family sociological issues. Socio- political theory is also helpful as a system influence within the context of family therapy.

Christine Kerr
Art Dept, Long Island University - C W Post
May 17, 2011

Bahira Sherif Trask

Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Individual and Family Studies, University of Delaware, and is a Policy Scientist in the Center for Community Research and Service.  She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University.  Her research focuses on issues of cultural diversity and the relationship between work, gender, and family life.  She recently co-edited The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide (2003) and has published in numerous journals, including Journal of Family Issues, Qualitative Inquiry, Anthropology... More About Author

Raeann R. Hamon

Raeann R. Hamon is Professor of Family Science and Gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Messiah College, Pennsylvania. She holds one of two Scholar Chair Awards at Messiah College. Dr. Hamon received her Ph.D. in Family and Child Development and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has numerous publications and presentations on topics such as filial responsibility, family relationships in later life, parents’ experience of adult children’s divorce, intergenerational service-learning, Bahamian folklore, and Bahamian family life. She recently co... More About Author