Families in Daily Life

Macro and Micro Perspectives (First Edition)
Edited by Mia A. Smith-Bynum
Paperback, 644 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5165-1680-3 ©2018
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    Though the presentation of carefully selected readings, Families in Daily Life: Macro and Micro Perspectives helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of family life dynamics at a macro and micro level. The text examines the interactions, attitudes, and emotions that shape individual family ties, while also exploring the interplay between larger population dynamics in family life and how policy and cultural norms shape population dynamics.

    The book begins with readings that address macro-level historical changes in broader American society, including the Industrial Revolution and the shift to marrying for love rather than economic security, to provide a demographic overview of contemporary American families. In later chapters, selected readings address how socioeconomic status can affect family life, the role of race and ethnicity in families, the various approaches to coupling and marriage, the impact of work on family life, LGBT couplehood, and more.

    Encompassing all the richness that family science has to offer, Families in Daily Life is an ideal text for courses in family science, psychology, sociology, history, and economics.

    Mia A. Smith-Bynum, Ph.D., is an associate professor of family science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland-College Park. A clinical psychologist by training, she is an expert in African American mental health, family interaction and communication in ethnic minority families, parenting, and racial identity. Dr. Smith-Bynum earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. Her ongoing research in ethnic minority families and mental health is published in several journals in psychology and family studies.