Marriages, Families, and Intimate Relationships, 5th edition

  • Brian K. Williams, 
  • Stacey C. Sawyer, 
  • Carl M. Wahlstrom

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Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships: A Practical Introduction explores how society impacts our personal connections in the modern world. Throughout this research-based text, authors Brian Williams, Stacey Sawyer and Carl Wahlstrom address the questions about intimacy, family and personal happiness that matter most to today's students. Utilizing an accessible writing style, the authors explore gender, marriage, parenting and more via 3 important sociological perspectives: structural-functional, conflict and symbolic interaction.

The 5th Edition offers expanded coverage of gender identity and gender fluidity as well as fully updated research to ensure an up-to-date learning experience.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780137497942

Subject: Sociology

Category: Marriage & Family


1. Seeking. Finding Happiness in Relationships in a Complex World
2. Understanding. Learning about Intimate Behavior
3. Gender. The Meanings of Masculinity and Femininity
4. Involvement. Dating, Pairing, and Courtship
5. Love. The Many Faces
6. Communication. Realizing Effective Intimacy
7. Sexuality. Interpersonal Sexuality, Sexual Values, and Behavior
8. Marriage. The Ultimate Commitment?
9. Variations. Nontraditional Families and Households
10. Reproduction. Decisions about Having or Not Having Children
11. Parenting. Children, Families, and Generations
12. Work. Economics, Jobs, and Balancing Family Demands
13. Crises. Managing Stress, Disaster, Violence, and Abuse
14. Uncoupling. Separation and Divorce
15. Remarriage. Reinvented, Renewed, and Blended Families

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