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This bestselling reader on families and intimate relationships identifies the
most current trends, places them in historical context, and balances
cutting-edge scholarship with perennial favorites. The authors, who are leading
scholars, build each new edition from classic literature in a variety of
disciplines as well as from the continuing stream of new family scholarship.
Contributions provide new insights into family and explore many myths about
family life. New to This Edition *Twelve of the thirty-eight readings are new.
*A new section, "Family and the Economy," explores some of the structural
changes in the economy that have had an impact on family life. *New topics
include: changing family demographics over the course of U.S. history, why gay
men and women want to marry, the decline of dating and the rise of hooking up,
adoption past and present, how a 24/7 economy affects families, financial
pressures on middle-class mothers and fathers, gay and lesbian families, and
the families of prison inmates.