A brief, impactful book that provides a contemporary analysis of how economics and social class affects the concept of family today

This book focuses on the impact of economic systems and social class on the organization of family life. Since the most vital function of the family is the survival of its members, the author give primacy to the economic system in structuring the broad parameters of family life. She explains how the economy shapes the prospects families have for earning a decent living by determining the location, nature, and pay associated with work.

Middle-Class Families: Stability and Change

Middle-Class Families: Stability and Change
Middle-class families: Stability and change

Most people have a sense of what it means to be middle class, but sociological definitions of the concept have always been a matter of some debate. One reason is that in the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world and one premised on equal opportunity, being middle class was cast as part of being an American. The claim of being a nation of middle-class families also served political purposes during the Cold War era of the 1940s and 1950s, when the economic success of families was heralded as evidence of the superiority of capitalist economies and democracies (May 1999). In one family textbook written during that era, the authors declared that America is a ...

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