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Sociology: family & relationships

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The Family in the Present Social Order A Study of Needs of American Families

The Family in the Present Social Order A Study of Needs of American Families

Author: Ruth Lindquist Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2020

This is a study of the problems and needs of 306 successful families to discover the factors contributing to a normal, healthful life for parents and children. Factors affecting achievement and satisfaction and the sources of fatigue, worry, and friction are analyzed and described. The basic economic needs and continually increasing need of education for marriage and parenthood are fully set forth. Originally published in 1931. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment

Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment

Author: G. S. Rousseau, Roy Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2020

Protected Children, Regulated Mothers Gender and the gypsy Question in State Care in Postwar Hungary, 1949-1956

Protected Children, Regulated Mothers Gender and the gypsy Question in State Care in Postwar Hungary, 1949-1956

Protected Children, Regulated Mothers examines child protection in Stalinist Hungary as part of 20th century (East Central, Eastern, and Southeastern) European history. Across the communist bloc, the increase of residential homes was preferred to the prewar system of foster care. The study challenges the transformation of state care into a tool of totalitarian power. Rather than political repression, educators mostly faced an arsenal of problems related to social and economic transformations following the end of World War II. They continued rather than cut with earlier models of reform and reformatory education. The author's original research based on hundreds of children's case files and interviews with institution leaders, teachers, and people formerly in state care demonstrates that child protection was not only to influence the behavior of children but also to regulate especially lone mothers' entrance to paid work and their sexuality. Children's homes both reinforced and changed existing patterns of the gendered division of work. A major finding of the book is that child protection had a centuries-long common history with the solution to the Gypsy question rooted in efforts towards the erasure of the perceived work-shyness of Gypsies.

Courting Desire Litigating for Love in North India

Courting Desire Litigating for Love in North India

Author: Rama Srinivasan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Courting Desire Litigating for Love in North India

Courting Desire Litigating for Love in North India

Author: Rama Srinivasan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Cousin Marriages Between Tradition, Genetic Risk and Cultural Change

Cousin Marriages Between Tradition, Genetic Risk and Cultural Change

Author: Alison Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

Juxtaposing contributions from geneticists and anthropologists, this volume provides a contemporary overview of cousin marriage and what is happening at the interface of public policy, the management of genetic risk and changing cultural practices in the Middle East and in multi-ethnic Europe. It offers a cross-cultural exploration of practices of cousin marriage in the light of new genetic understanding of consanguineous marriage and its possible health risks. Overall, the volume presents a reflective, interdisciplinary analysis of the social and ethical issues raised by both the discourse of risk in cousin marriage, as well as existing and potential interventions to promote healthy consanguinity via new genetic technologies.

Mediated Kinship Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families

Mediated Kinship Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families

Author: Rikke Andreassen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2020

Illustrating the fascinating intersections of online media and new kinship, this book presents a study of the increasing numbers of single women and lesbian couples reproducing by using donor sperm. It explores how they connect with each other online, develop intimate digital communities and, most importantly, locate their children's hitherto unknown biological half-siblings, throughout the world. The author discusses how these new families - consisting of only mothers - engage in extended families involving large numbers of 'donor siblings'. The new families challenge previous understandings of kinship, and provide illustrations of how norms of gender, sexuality and family are challenged, negotiated and maintained in contemporary times. A crucial study of contemporary formations of family, gender and race, Mediated Kinship discusses the racial aspects of the world's largest sperm bank exporting Danish sperm (termed 'Viking sperm'), and explores the narratives of whiteness and imagined racial superiority that circulate among mothers, as well as the racialisations accompanying commercial online sperm sales. By analysing contemporary families of donor-conceived children in the context of legislation, reproduction technologies and online media, the book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in race and ethnicity, whiteness, gender, sexuality, kinship and the sociology of the family.

Intergenerational Family Relations An Evolutionary Social Science Approach

Intergenerational Family Relations An Evolutionary Social Science Approach

This book offers a synthesis of social science and evolutionary approaches to the study of intergenerational relations, using biological, psychological and sociological factors to develop a single framework for understanding why kin help one another across generations. With attention to both biological family relations as well as in-law and step-relations, it provides an overview of existing studies centred on intergenerational relations - particularly grandparenting - that incorporate social science and evolutionary family theories. This evolutionary social science approach to intergenerational family relations goes well beyond the traditional nature versus nurture distinction. As such, it will appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines with interests in relations of kinship, the lifecourse and the sociology of the family.

Understanding Doulas and Childbirth Women, Love, and Advocacy

Understanding Doulas and Childbirth Women, Love, and Advocacy

Author: Cheryl A. Hunter, Abby Kallio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2020

This book contextualizes how having a doula, or labor-support woman, present during childbirth results in lower rates of medical interventions. American women are inundated with views that childbirth is inherently risky, their bodies deficient, and therefore encouraged to accept the medicalized nature of childbirth resulting in high rates of unwarranted interventions that can pose significant risk in a normal pregnancy. Why is birthing with a doula different? The narratives in this book support the belief that doulas often question the high rates of medical interventions in childbirth, fundamentally lodging a critique about the medicalization of childbirth to the women they serve. These stories share a very different philosophy about childbirth; one where the female body is capable, resilient, and not normally requiring external medical intervention. Doulas enter into a care-provider relationship that focuses on the experience of the birth as something transformative, to be honored and centered on the woman's body in an active role in the process. Lastly, doulas model to their clients both love and advocacy because doulas believe that modeling these behaviors will translate as women become mothers through the process of childbirth.

Global Youth Citizenry and Radical Hope Enacting Community-Engaged Research through Performative Methodologies

Global Youth Citizenry and Radical Hope Enacting Community-Engaged Research through Performative Methodologies

Author: Kathleen Gallagher Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2020

This book explores the affective and relational lives of young people in diverse urban spaces. By following the trajectories of diverse young people as they creatively work through multiple and unfolding global crises, it asks how arts-based methodologies might answer the question: How do we stand in relation to others, those nearby and those at great distances? The research draws on knowledges, research traditions, and artistic practices that span the Global North and Global South, including Athens (Greece), Coventry (England), Lucknow (India), Tainan (Taiwan), and Toronto (Canada) and curates a way of thinking about global research that departs from the comparative model and moves towards a new analytic model of thinking multiple research sites alongside one another as an approach to sustaining dialogue between local contexts and wider global concerns.

My Brother, Myself Sibling Relationships in Life and Literature

My Brother, Myself Sibling Relationships in Life and Literature

Author: Mark Bostridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/12/2019

'Most of us have them, and many of us would regard our lifelong relationships with our brothers and sisters as a primal bond which cannot be broken'. In this absorbing book Mark Bostridge draws on select interviews with brothers and sisters, including a wide range of European and American historical and literary examples and even his own complex relationship with his brother, to provide insightful commentary on the multifaceted nature of siblingship.