This engaging collection of essays attempts to do justice to the
complexity of contemporary families and to situate them in their
economic, political, and cultural contexts. The editors introduce
this wide-ranging collection with a provocative analytical
introduction, setting the stage with a recognition that families
may look very different even to those inside the same family. These
cutting-edge scholars explore the ways in which family life is
gendered and reflect on the work of maintaining family and kin
relationships, especially as social and family power structures
change over time.
The book includes a guide to topics (from Adoption and African
American Families to Work-Family Tensions and Working-Class
Families) that should prove useful to teachers, students, and
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