The Psychosocial Interior of the Family

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Gerald Handel, Gail G. Whitchurch
AldineTransaction, 1994 - Psychology - 674 pages

Drawing upon findings from many disciplines including sociology, communication, family studies, human development, psychology and anthropology-this book provides the first composite study of the whole family and of the complex interplay between self and collectivity in family life. It departs sharply from the traditional two-person, cause-effect models used in conventional studies, and attempts to delineate a social psychology of the family.

This book undertakes to define and understand the nature of families, to point out ways of discerning different family characters, and to comprehend the processes by which these characters are established and maintained; by so doing, it introduces a new dimension into the study of family behavior and provides a framework within which meaningful investigations and practical applications can be pursued.

This long-awaited fourth edition continues the goal of preceding editions: to understand families in terms of the kinds of interaction through which family life is constructed. Contributors drawn from a wide variety of disciplines sociology; communication; family studies; human development; psychology; anthropology; and social work - provide a range of authoritative and up-to-date sources on the family and interpersonal relations, including newly emergent forms of family organization. In providing a new framework for fruitful investigation and practical application, this volume contains the best available interdisciplinary work on the social psychology of the family.

 

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Contents

CONSTRUCTING MEANING
1
Then and
37
RESEARCH METHODS
49
Qualitative Study of Whole Families in
69
Hester Eisenstein Womens Studies Program
82
Katharine McAvity Washington Psychological Center
92
Margaret S Mahler Masters Childrens Center
104
Ralph LaRossa Linda A Bennett
109
The Work of Love
313
Power in the Family
341
Reconstructing the Family
363
Rosanna Hertz Department of Sociology
395
PATTERNING SEPARATENESS
399
Stages in the Infants Separation from the Mother
419
Dual Parenting and the Duel of Intimacy
449
Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces in
465

THE MEANINGS OF FAMILY BOUNDARIES
127
FAMILIES AND CULTURE
173
Kay Pasley Department of Human Development
177
Family Ecologies of Ethnic Minority Children
187
Algea O Harrison Department of Psychology
202
David Reiss Department of Psychiatry
206
THE FAMILY AS A UNIVERSE
227
The Dialectic of Marital and Parental Relationships
255
Television and Family Interaction
281
LOVE WORK POWER GENDER
297
Central Issues in the Construction
493
Building Gay Families
525
Hess School of Education
533
STRESS CRISIS
535
The Downwardly Mobile Family
561
Rudy Ray Seward Department of Sociology
584
Sex Codes and Family Life Among Northtons Youth
585
A Different Kind of Parenting
609
Index
669
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About the author (1994)

Gerald Handel is professor emeritus of sociology at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Making a Life in Yorkville: Experience and Meaning in the Life-Course Narrative of an Urban Working-Class Man.

Gail G. Whitchurch is associate professor of Communication Studies, adjunct associate professor of Sociology, and adjunct associate professor of International Studies at Indiana University- Bloomington. She is the author of many articles in research and practice journals. She was also co-founder and past chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

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