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The title of this book, Advancing Family Theories, contains a quite intentional double entendre or complex metaphor. On the one hand, this book intends to advance family theory, to push it ahead of where it is today. Part of this project entails explaining where we are today, how we got here, and why the perspectives I propose might move us forward. This means we must look at the history and current practice of family theory. We must gain a good understanding of how and why theory works. The first section of this book deals with these issues.

On the other hand, Advancing Family Theories also means placing before you a product I am advancing or promulgating. The second section of this book does exactly that. ...

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