Social Perspectives on the Family examines the societal forces shaping aspects of stable and changing family relations in the U. S. and other countries; focuses on social-structural factors affecting marriage, divorce, co-habitation, child-bearing, the division of work and authority, and other features of life.
Welcome! This site has been created to assist you finding and using library resources for your Sociology 273 class, especially the "Final Essay" assignment. Our library is one of the largest publicly funded university library in the world. It can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it is truly a treasure trove for scholars. All of the University of Illinois Library's resources are available to you as you do your research--so start exploring, have fun, and don't hesitate to ask questions!
Finding background information about a topic is an important step of the research process. Consulting a handbook or subject-specific encyclopedia can help you put your research in a broader context and help point you to areas for further research.
Annual Review of Sociology - a compilation of review articles summarizing the current state of research on a particular topic. An excellent roadmap to the current state research in a particular area, this is also a great source of citations to current and retrospective publications. The online version allows you to search the full text of all issues form volume 1 (1975) to present.
Encyclopedia of Family Life. 1995.
This five-volume encyclopedia offers current articles on a full range of family issues that deal with modern society in Canada and the United States. Arranged alphabetically, these 452 articles address family subjects from a variety of perspectives. Each article, ranging in length from 250 to 4000 words, defines terms, people, and organizations, and discusses controversies, historical trends and events, or health concerns, laws and court cases. This set includes bibliographical references and an index.
Families Across Cultures: A 30-Nation Psychological Study. 2006.
By looking at thirty countries across the globe, each representing a different geopolitical zone, this book examines three main issues: the differences in family networks, similarities of families across cultures, and worldwide family changes as a result of social changes. Divided into two parts, part one discusses the theories, methodologies, and findings of the study, while part two looks at the results of each represented country. Includes many tables and figures, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix which includes the questionnaire used in the study.
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Families in Global and Multicultural Perspective. 2nd ed. 2006.
Intended for use in an undergraduate and graduate comparative family course, the book travels across geographic, cultural, and historical boundaries to explore the diversity of the world's families. It examines a full range of topics including family origin and universality, family functions, marital structure, kinship rules, comparative research methods, family development, marriage adjustment, parenting, divorce, and aging. Includes author and subject indexes.
Handbook of World Families. 2005.
Comparative study of family life in 25 nations covering family formation, fertility and socialization, gender, marriage, stresses and violence, divorce and remarriage, kinship, aging and death, and family and other institutions. Each chapter was written by a scholar brought up in the culture. Countries are organized by world region and then alphabetized. Includes an author and subject index.
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International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. 2nd ed. 2003.
This updated four-volume encyclopedia "is a compendium surveying the shared patterns and amazing variation in marriage and family life in a rapidly changing multicultural world" and is designed for use by general readers as well as scholars and students seeking information on global family lifestyles. Users can look for information by subject (e.g. adoption, later life families, stress) or by country name (though not every country is included). A complete list of articles and contributors is included at the front of volume 1 and an extensive index is located in volume 4.
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