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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

The Diversity of American Families
The diversity of American families

Our understanding of family, perhaps more than any other institution, is clouded by myth. Masking diversity among contemporary U.S. families is an ideology that describes the American family as “one man who goes off to earn the bacon, one woman who waits at home to fry it, and roughly 2.5 children poised to eat it” (Cole, 1986, p. 11). This image of family dominated U.S. culture during the decades following World War II, a period during which the majority of today's older people experienced at least part of their childrearing years. As described by Betty Friedan (1964) in The Feminine Mystique, this ideology told women that caring for their home and family was the path to ...

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