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The Psychosocial Interior of the Family : Aldine De Gruyer - Gerald Handel

The Psychosocial Interior of the Family

Aldine De Gruyer

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1994
ISBN: 9780202304939
Number Of Pages: 674

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Drawing upon findings from many disciplines including sociology, communication, family studies, human development, psychology and anthropology-this book provides the first composite study of the whole family and of the complex interplay between self and collectivity in family life. It departs sharply from the traditional two-person, cause-effect models used in conventional studies, and attempts to delineate a social psychology of the family.

This book undertakes to define and understand the nature of families, to point out ways of discerning different family characters, and to comprehend the processes by which these characters are established and maintained; by so doing, it introduces a new dimension into the study of family behavior and provides a framework within which meaningful investigations and practical applications can be pursued.

This long-awaited fourth edition continues the goal of preceding editions: to understand families in terms of the kinds of interaction through which family life is constructed. Contributors drawn from a wide variety of disciplines sociology; communication; family studies; human development; psychology; anthropology; and social work - provide a range of authoritative and up-to-date sources on the family and interpersonal relations, including newly emergent forms of family organization. In providing a new framework for fruitful investigation and practical application, this volume contains the best available interdisciplinary work on the social psychology of the family.

Gerald Handel received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he served on the Committee on Human Development. He has written many books such as Making a Life in Yorkville, Childhood Socialization, and The Psychosocial Interior of the Family all available from Transaction. He has also written many articles on the family. He is currently professor emeritus at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Gail G. Whitchurch is associate professor of Communication Studies, adjunct associate professor of Sociology, and adjunct associate professor of International Studies at Indiana University- Bloomington. She is the author of many articles in research and practice journals. She was also co-founder and past chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

List of Contributors
Introduction to the Fourth Edition
Introduction to the First Edition, 1967
The Family as a Psychosocial Organizationp. 3
Marriage and the Construction of Reality: An Exercise in the Microsociology of Knowledgep. 19
Marriage and the Construction of Reality: Then and Nowp. 37
Using Qualitative Methods to Study Familiesp. 53
Qualitative Study of Whole Families in a Time of Great Changep. 69
Family Research: A Case for Interviewing Couplesp. 87
Ethical Dilemmas in Qualitative Family Researchp. 109
The Three Phases of Systemic Maturationp. 129
Family Boundary Ambiguity: Perceptions of Adult Stepfamily Membersp. 139
Challenging Boundaries: An Adolescent in a Homosexual Familyp. 159
An Anthropological Approach to Family Studiesp. 177
Family Ecologies of Ethnic Minority Childrenp. 187
Determinants of Family Culture: Effects on Fatherhoodp. 211
The Appropriation of the Parent Role through Communication during the Transition of Parenthoodp. 229
The Dialectic of Marital and Parental Relationships within Stepfamilyp. 255
Television and Family Interactionp. 281
Constructing the Familyp. 299
The Work of Lovep. 313
Women, Work, and the Family: Changing Gender Roles and Psychological Well-Beingp. 325
Power in the Familyp. 341
Reconstructing the Familyp. 363
Making Family under a Shiftwork Schedule: Air Force Security Guards and Their Wivesp. 375
Marital Conflict over Intimacyp. 401
Stages in the Infant's Separation from the Motherp. 419
Dual Parenting and the Duel of Intimacyp. 449
Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces in the Adolescent Separation Dramap. 465
Central Issues in the Construction of Sibling Relationshipsp. 493
Building Gay Familiesp. 525
Coping with Family Transitions: Winners, Losers, and Survivorsp. 537
The Downwardly Mobile Familyp. 561
Sex Codes and Family Life Among Northton's Youthp. 585
A Different Kind of Parentingp. 609
Backward Toward the Postmodern Family: Reflections on Gender, Kinship, and Class in the Silicon Valleyp. 643
Indexp. 669
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780202304939
ISBN-10: 0202304930
Series: Aldine De Gruyer
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 674
Published: 31st December 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.16
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised

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