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Families and Their Social Worlds Paperback – 21 January 2011

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  • Publisher : Pearson; 2 edition (21 January 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0205797741
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0205797745
  • Dimensions : 2.03 x 19.81 x 25.15 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 48 ratings

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Thank you to our reviewers!


Margaret Bader, Nunez Community College

Jeremy Boyle, Kansas State University

Wanda Clark, South Plains College

David Ford, University of Central Oklahoma

Kathy Kotowski, Cuyamaca College

Jean Ann Moylan, California State University, Sacramento




“The chapter on social class is particularly strong and includes more materials than I've seen in some other texts. Also the chapter on work is particularly good with more attention to the roles of women."

Wanda Clark, South Plains College


"I like that Seccombe has a specific chapter offering cross-cultural comparisons of families so students can see the similarities and differences in these institutions."

Margaret Bader, Nunez Community College

"I really liked the 'Our Global Community' feature.  It really gives great global perspective."

Kathy Kotowski, Cuyamaca College


"The inclusion of all four themes in each chapter gives students a very complete view of each topic and is unique to this text."

David Ford, University of Central Oklahoma


About the Author

Karen Seccombe is a professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. in sociology at California State University, Chico, her M.S.W. in health and social welfare policy from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Her research focuses on poverty, welfare, access to health care, and the effects of social inequality on families. She is the author of Marriage and Family: You and Society (Pearson); “So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and its Reform, 3rd edition (Allyn and Bacon); Families in Poverty (Allyn and Bacon); Just Don’t Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), and Marriages and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca L. Warner (Wadsworth). She is a National Council on Family Relations fellow, and a member of the American Sociological Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association, where she has held elective offices. Karen lives in Portland with her husband Richard, a health economist, her ten-year-old daughter, Natalie Rose, and her eight-year-old daughter, Olivia Lin. In her spare time she enjoys hiking near their cabin in the Oregon Cascades, walking the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, exploring the kid-friendly playgrounds, attractions, and restaurants in Portland and surrounding areas, and traveling just about anywhere–the San Juan Islands are high on her list.

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