Variations in American
Families across Time
How Contemporary Families Differ
from One Another
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
American Families across Time
marriages and families are dynamic
Studying Marriages and
Do We Know?
How Popular Culture Misrepresents
Researching the Family
Conducting Research on Families
How Do We Know?
The Meaning of Marriage and
Controversy, and Wishful Thinking
What Is Marriage? What Is Family?
Extended Families and Kinship
The Major Themes of This Text
Personal Experience, Social
Affiliated kin: best friend, lover, priest, boyfriend, minister, rabbi, girlfriend, neighbor,
teacher, and godchild, pet
Household: one or more peopleeveryone living in a housing unit makes up a
Polygamy: The preferred marital ar