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What is a family? Bonnie Fox suggests that family relationships are ones in which people care for children, themselves, and each other. At the same time she emphasizes that these relationships are shaped by the larger social context. While understandings of family are no longer limited to the male bread-winner-female homemaker model of the 1950s, gender ideologies still play a major role in structuring family relations.
Bonnie Fox is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto.
Table of Contents
Putting 'Family' in Perspective
The Unnatural Family
Is There a Family? New Anthropological Views
Diverse Family Patterns
Foraging Societies: Communal 'Households'
Women in an Egalitarian Society: The Montagnais-Naskapi of Canada
Agricultural Societies: The 'Family Economy'
The Family Economy in Modern England and France
Patriarchal Relations of Production in Nineteenth-century Ontario
Industrial Capitalism: The Rise of Breadwinner-Homemaker Families
Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Community
Putting Mothers on the Pedestal
From 1950s Breadwinner-Homemaker Families to Twenty-first Century Diversity
Sexuality and the Post-war Domestic 'Revival'
Wives and Husbands
As Times Change: A Review of Trends in Family Life
Elements of Family
Sexuality: Negotiating Adult Intimacy
Heterosexuality: Contested Ground
Navigating Sexual Terrain: Legacies of the Sacred and the Secular in the Lives of French-Canadian Women
One Is Not Born a Bride: How Weddings Regulate Heterosexuality
Marriage and Domesticity: Becoming Family
'Here Comes the Bride': The Making of a 'Modern Traditional' Wedding in Western Culture
Veering Toward Domesticity
Education, Work, and Family Decision-making: Finding the 'Right Time' to Have a Baby
Parenthood and Childcare: Taking on Gendered Responsibilities
When the Baby Comes Home: The Dynamics of Gender in the Making of Family
Motherwork, Stress, and Depression: The Costs of Privatized Social Reproduction
'Like a Family': Reproductive Work in a Co-operative Setting
Opting into Motherhood: Lesbians Blurring the Boundaries and Transforming the Meaning of Parenthood and Kinship
The Gender-divided Work Involved in Maintaining Families
Household Labour and the Routine Production of Gender
Lesbians at Home: Why Can't a Man Be More Like a Woman?
Moneywork: Caregiving and the Management of Family Finances
The Politics of Family and Immigration in the Subordination of Domestic Workers in Canada
Family Coping Strategies: Balancing Paid Employment and Domestic Labour
Families Negotiating Change, Changing Families
From Hong Kong to Canada: Immigration and the Changing Family Lives of Middle-class Women from Hong Kong
Gender, Generation, and the 'Immigrant Family': Negotiating Migration Processes
Transforming Rural Livelihoods: Gender, Work, and Restructuring in Three Ontario Communities
Other Family Matters
Confronting Violence in Women's Lives
Children's Adjustment to Divorce
Lessons from Europe: Policy Options to Enhance the Economic Security of Canadian Families
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