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Cultural Diversity and Families: Expanding Perspectives

by Trask Sherif and Raeann Hamon SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
01/2007
ISBN:
9781412915427
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Pbk 312 pages
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Within the field of family science, the very concept of ''family,'' which originally unified the discipline, has been replaced by the understanding that there are multiple forms of families and that families differ over time and with social and economic status. This recognition has led to a redefinition of the field: the structural diversity of American families is now accepted as a norm, and typologies of ethnically/racially diverse families abound.

Nevertheless, there exist few systematic analyses of the specific implications of cultural diversity for the discipline itself, raising questions about the research and knowledge we have about families, how to best train students to understand issues facing families, and how to provide the kinds of services that are needed by culturally diverse families. Cultural Diversity and Families: Expanding Perspectives investigates how concepts of cultural diversity have shaped family science from theoretical and applied perspectives.

Features and Benefits
· Investigates the impact of cultural diversity on the field of family science in order to transcend simplistic categorizations that have juxtaposed white families in opposition to families of color and vice versa
· Consciously emphasizes the full range of cultural aspects (not just ethnicity, but also socioeconomic status, gender, religion, etc.) so as not to reinforce the myth that race is a biological truth by solely emphasizing racial impacts on family life
· Includes contributions by leading experts in the field including Katherine Allen, Alexis Walker, Annette Lareau, and Shelley McDermid

Table of Contents
Preface
Part I: History and Trends in the Study of Culturally Diverse Families
Part II: Family Life in Culturally Diverse Families
Part III: Contextual Issues and Culturally Diverse Families

Raeann R. Hamon is Professor of Family Science and Gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Messiah College, Pennsylvania. She holds one of two Scholar Chair Awards at Messiah College. Dr. Hamon received her Ph.D. in Family and Child Development and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has numerous publications and presentations on topics such as filial responsibility, family relationships in later life, parents experience of adult children divorce, intergenerational service-learning, Bahamian folklore, and Bahamian family life. She recently co-edited Mate Selection Across Cultures (Sage, 2003) and served as an associate editor forthe four-volume International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family (Macmillan Reference, 2003) and as a guest editor for a special double issue of the Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family: Innovations in Family Science (Haworth, 2004), which was devoted to the topic of teaching about international families. A Certified Family Life Educator, she is an enthusiastic teacher of courses like Marital Relationships, Dynamics of Family Interaction, Sociology of Aging, and Foundations of Marriage and Family. She is President of the Association of Councils and a member of the Executive Board for the National Council on Family Relations, where she is also an active member of the International Section. . Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Individual and Family Studies, University of Delaware, and is a Policy Scientist in the Center for Community Research and Service. She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University. Her research focuses on issues of cultural diversity and the relationship between work, gender, and family life. She recently co-edited The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women`s Issues Worldwide (2003) and has published in numerous journals, including Journal of Family Issues, Qualitative Inquiry, Anthropology Today , and Journal of Teaching About Families Marriage . In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Sussman Groves Young Professional Research Award to support her continued research on issues of family and diversity. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Dr. Sherif-Trask is an acknowledged expert witness and national commentator on challenges facing American families. She serves as reviewer for several major journals, including Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Human Organization: Applied Anthropology, Fathering Fatherhood, Journal of Family Issues , and Family Science Review . In addition to her academic activities, Dr. Sherif-Trask is a co-founder and board member of Cradle of Hope, a home for teenage pregnant girls in the Philadelphia area.