Revision: 2/12/2014 [still under construction]

 

Supplemental readings are (generally empirical) journal articles that are either available through direct links (if you are off campus you will need a proxy server to access online journals), or I will post the articles to Coursework. If you find that a link to an article doesn’t work, find an alternate link and post that link to Coursework.

 

Note that the presenting student may choose a different supplementary reading.

 

The supplementary readings will be changed and adjusted as the quarter progresses.

 

 

 

Discussants and Presenters:

Week 1:

 

 

Mar 31

class orientation

 

 

 

 

Week 2:

 

 

Apr 7

First half of the class:

Required text: Goldthorpe, J.E. 1987. Family Life in Western Societies: A Historical Sociology of Family Relationships in Britain and North America. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. (read the whole book)

Discussant:

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings on the History of the Family.

 

Lam, David. 2011. How the World Survived the Population Bomb. Demography 48: 1231-1262

 

Abrams, Philip. 1972. "The Sense of the Past and the Origins of Sociology." Past and Present:18-32.

 

Ruggles, Steven. 1994. "The Transformation of the American Family Structure." American Historical Review 99:103-128.

Discussant:

 

 

Week 3:

 

 

Apr 14

First half of the class:

Required text: Andrew Cherlin’s Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (read the whole book)

Discussant:

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings

 

On Race and Marriage and Single Parenthood

Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. 1965. “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.” US Government Printing Office.

Discussant:

 

 

Week 4:

 

 

Apr 21

First half of the class:

Required text: Waite and Gallagher’s The Case for Marriage (read the whole book)

Discussant:

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings TBA

 

Becker, Gary. 1973. “A Theory of Marriage, Part 1.” Journal of Political Economy 81: (4) 813-846

 

Becker, Gary.; 1974. “A Theory of Marriage, Part II.” Journal of Political Economy 82(2): S11-S26.

Discussant:

 

 

Week 5:

 

 

Apr 28

First half of the class:

Required text: Rosenfeld’s The Age of Independence (read the whole book)

Discussant:

 

Second half of the class: Supplementary readings

 

Rosenfeld, Michael J. 2008. "Racial, Educational, and Religious Endogamy in Comparative Historical Perspective." Social Forces 87:1-32.

 

 

Week 6:

 

 

May 5

First half of the class:

Required text: Wallerstein and Blakeslee’s Second Chances (chapters 1-7, 15-18, and the appendix).

Discussant:

 

Second half of the class: The effects of Family Structure and Divorce on Children

 

Rosenfeld, Michael J. 2010. "Nontraditional Families and Childhood Progress Through School." Demography 47:755-775.

 

Cherlin, Andrew J., Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., et al. 1991. "Longitudinal Studies of Effects of Divorce on Children in Great Britain and the United States." Science 252:1386-1389.

 

Amato, Paul R., and Jacob Cheadle. 2005. "The Long Reach of Divorce: Divorce and Child Well-Being Across Three Generations." Journal of Marriage and the Family 67:191-206.

 

On the methodology of studies of divorce and effect on children:

Cherlin, Andrew J. 1999. "Going to Extremes: Family Structure, Children's Well-Being, and Social Science." Demography 36:421-428.

 

 

Discussant:

 

 

Week 7:

 

 

May 12

First half of the class: Student research presentations

 

 

 

Second half of the class:

Required text: Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (read chapters 1-6 and ch 14)

Presenters:

 

 

 

Week 8:

 

 

May 19

First half of the class:

Required text: Hochshild and Machung’s The Second Shift (ch 1-6, 16 and 17)

Discussant:

 

Second half of class:

Presentation by Rosenfeld “Searching for a Mate: The Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary

 

 

 

 

Week 9:

 

 

May 26

First half of the class:

Student Presentations

Presenters:

 

 

 

Second half of the class:

 

(left over from a prior week)

Amato, Paul R., and Jacob Cheadle. 2005. "The Long Reach of Divorce: Divorce and Child Well-Being Across Three Generations." Journal of Marriage and the Family 67:191-206.

 

And also, possibly:

Rosenfeld on “Couple Longevity and Formal Unions in the Era of Same-Sex Marriage”

 

Discussant:

Week 10:

 

 

 June 2

Readings and assignments TBA

 

Final papers due by email to Rosenfeld on Monday, June 4