KEY FEATURES: • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality. • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means. • No software purchase required–all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website. • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience. • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work. • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.

Analyzing Inequalities in Families

Chapter 7 analyzing inequalities in families

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify GSS variables related to family.
  • Analyze family change and family diversity using the GSS, paying particular attention to inequalities of race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality.
  • Use a variety of analytic techniques appropriately to analyze issues related to families in the US.
  • Interpret these analyses using a social justice framework.

Introduction: Family Change and Family Diversity

In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. After decades of LGBT organization and activism, the decision “set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country” as same-sex couples and their families were finally recognized with, as Justice Kennedy wrote, ...

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