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Families in the U.S. Kinship and Domestic Politics by Karen Hansen

Families in the U.S. Kinship and Domestic Politics

Part of the Women In The Political Economy Series


Families in the U.S. Kinship and Domestic Politics by Karen Hansen

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 Tension and Working-Class Families) that should prove useful to teachers, students, and researchers.

About the Author

Karen V. Hansen, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, is the author of A Very Social Time: Crafting Community in Antebellum New England, and the co-editor (with Ilene J. Philipson) of Women, Class, and the Feminist Imagination: A Socialist-Feminist Reader (Temple, 1990). Anita Ilta Garey, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, is the author of Weaving Work and Family: Working Mothers and the Construction of Meaning (forthcoming, Temple).

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Publication date

9th March 1998


Karen Hansen

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Temple University Press,U.S.


888 pages


Sociology: family & relationships

Cultural studies



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