The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society,
13th Edition

Bryan Strong, Theodore F. Cohen

ISBN-13: 9781305503106 | ISBN-10: 1305503104

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 640 pages

List Price USD $219.95


THE MARRIAGE & FAMILY EXPERIENCE offers a realistic look at relationships today, helping you see and understand the underlying issues at work in marriages, families, and all kinds of relationships. Real-life cross-cultural examples and features that encourage you to reflect on your own life and behavior make the thirteenth edition accessible and compelling. You'll find up-to-date information on adoptive parenting, childbearing patterns, gay and lesbian families, the transgender experience, the meaning of virginity, gender roles, communication and conflict resolution, the influence of popular culture, and working families. With thorough coverage that reflects the diversity of families and relationships, the book illustrates how racial, cultural, economic and sexual differences shape relationships and families, and offers a straightforward overview of the topics you must understand to succeed in your course. This is a book you can relate to -- and one you will want to read.

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Meet the Authors

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Theodore Cohen is professor emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was the Ella Fulton Dunham Professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology and Anthropology until 2019. He also has taught at a variety of public and private universities, including Boston University, Northeastern University, Clark University, Rowan University and most recently, The College of New Jersey. Throughout these different educational contexts, he has found that enthusiasm, humor and determination to engage students to apply sociological concepts to their own lives has worked with equal effectiveness in classes of nine or 90. He brings those same objectives to his writing. In 1990, Dr. Cohen received Ohio Wesleyan’s Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for the Encouragement of Teachers, one of two awards Ohio Wesleyan gives for teaching excellence. In addition to being the co-author of THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY EXPERIENCE since its eighth edition, he is the editor of MEN & MASCULINITY: A TEXT READER (Wadsworth 2001). He has published articles and book chapters on aspects of men's lives, especially their transitions to marriage and fatherhood, and on the family and work lives of a sample of nontraditional couples. Dr. Cohen's own family experiences include many of the issues covered and addressed in this text. He has been married, widowed, in a long distance relationship, remarried, separated, and divorced. He and his second wife are now once again happily married and living in New Jersey. He also is a father and stepfather. He earned his B.A. in sociology from Brooklyn College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University.

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  • The thirteenth edition provides the most current and up-to-date data available, integrating data from national surveys; information from reports by the Pew Research Center and the National Center for Family and Marriage Research; and official statistical reports from agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • What Do You Think? Self-quiz chapter openers let students assess their existing knowledge of what will be discussed in the chapter. These quizzes engage students, drawing them into the material and stimulating greater interaction with the course.
  • Real Families features give "up close" accounts of issues raised in the text as they are experienced by people in their everyday lives. Vignettes in this edition discuss blending and unblending families, co-parenting by gay men and lesbians, family caregivers, and recent stories that question the assumption of gender as binary.
  • This is one of the few marriage and family books that offers a true balance between the two main branches of the market -- sociology and family science. It takes a liberal approach to detailing recent trends (in marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and singlehood), and to describing diverse lifestyles, especially regarding gender and sexuality, but remains firmly rooted in the positive, pro-family corner.
  • Exploring Diversity boxes let students see family circumstances from the vantage point of other cultures, other eras, or within different lifestyles in the contemporary United States. New topics in this edition include cohabitation in Japan, arranged marriage in the United Arab Emirates, and "father school" in South Korea. Other topics include divorce in India, the phenomenon of posthumous marriage, and a cross-national survey on dating violence.
  • Popular Culture boxes discuss the ways family issues are portrayed through various forms of popular culture. New topics include the way media portrayals of gay couples (e.g., "Modern Family") may have contributed to rising acceptance of same-sex marriage, and the increasing visibility of the transgender experience.
  • Issues and Insights features focus on current and high-interest topics, including virginity loss; gender, sexuality, and bullying; "living apart together"; and whether or not to spank children. Several of these features discuss uses and abuses of technology in families and relationships.
  • Public Policies, Private Lives features focus on legal issues and public policies that affect how we think about and/or experience family life. Among them are features on sexting, adoptions that dissolve, the lack of legal policies about stepfamilies, the meaning of legal marriage, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and legal advice for cohabiting couples.

Table of Contents

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1. The Meaning of Marriage and the Family.
2. Studying Marriages and Families.
3. Variations in American Family Life.
4. Gender and Family.
5. Intimacy, Friendship, and Love.
6. Understanding Sex and Sexualities.
7. Communication, Power, and Conflict.
8. Marriages in Societal and Individual Perspective.
9. Unmarried Lives: Singlehood and Cohabitation.
10. Becoming and Being Parents.
11. Marriage, Work, and Economics.
12. Intimate Violence and Sexual Abuse.
13. Coming Apart: Separation and Divorce.
14. New Beginnings: Single-Parent Families, Remarriages, and Blended Families.

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