Publisher description for Families in multicultural perspective / edited by Bron B. Ingoldsby, Suzanna Smith.


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Crossing geographic, cultural, and historical boundaries, this volume explores the diversity of the world's families, emphasizing the importance of understanding and valuing them within their own cultural contexts. Covering contemporary Third World as well as Western families, this excellent teaching text addresses topics essential for developing a multicultural perspective.
The book begins with background information on family theories and comparative research methodology, along with an overview of the history of the family and gender relations in the Western world. This is followed by chapters on family variation, which explain research on the origin, functions, and universality of the family kinship terminology and how kinship affiliation affects such issues as postmarital residence patterns and the diversity of marital structure (plurality of husbands and/or wives) and how culture and economy affect these patterns.
The book then examines the life cycle of the family and highlights similarities and differences across time and culture in the areas of mate selection, wedding practices, marital adjustment, childhood socialization, divorce, and care for the elderly. Important contemporary issues seldom covered in earlier works--including gender, class structure, racial discrimination, and poverty--are covered in detail.
An ideal text for comparative family courses, this readable and up-to-date volume includes exercises (as well as exercise guidelines for instructors) developed to challenge students' existing viewpoints and offer new ways of looking at the world's families. Families in Multicultural Perspective is also an important resource for anyone interested in understanding and appreciating the diversity of family forms, processes, and experiences.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Family Cross-cultural studies, Kinship Cross-cultural studies, Marriage customs and rites Cross-cultural studies, Sex role Cross-cultural studies, Home economics Cross-cultural studies, Multiculturalism