Review Of American Families: A Multicultural Reader, 2nd Ed
Journal Of Marriage And Family
Sociology & Anthropology
Reviews the book, American families: A multicultural reader by Stephanie Coontz (2008). The volume goes beyond a mere celebration of family diversity. It avoids the pitfalls of some edited volumes by providing a clear conceptual focus and theoretical framework. This multicultural anthology foregrounds how group differences in power, status, and resources shape family values and behaviors, emphasizing the relations among diverse groups. The book is ideal for undergraduate teaching purposes. I highly recommend this volume. Several articles left me wanting more, excited about the unanswered questions and future research possibilities related to family diversity.
Utrata, Jennifer. 2009. "Review of American families: A multicultural reader, 2nd ed." Journal Of Marriage And Family 71(5): 1352-1354.