When we talk about family values, like whether children need two parents, we are also talking about gender values, because a 'yes' answer to this question might imply that only women with husbands should have children. In the same way, when we talk about gender issues, such as whether men should be paid higher wages than women, we are also talking about family issues, because a 'yes' answer suggests that husbands should be the family breadwinner. In this updated second edition of Gender and Families, Coltrane and Adams continue to demystify the complexities and connections between gender and family in contemporary culture, with discussions of race, ethnicity, and social class.
Scott Coltrane is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. Michele Adams is assistant professor of Sociology at Tulane University.
Chapter 1: The Social Construction of Gender and Families Chapter 2: The Romantic Market Chapter 3: Relationships and Marriage Chapter 4: Paid Work and Family Life Chapter 5: Mothers, Fathers and Family Care Chapter 6: Engendering Children Chapter 7: Divorce and Remarriage Chapter 8: Family Violence Chapter 9: Regulating Families and Gender Chapter 10: Where Do We Go From Here?