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Advancing Family Theories.

Author: Dr James M M White
Publisher: Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Advancing Family Theories explores two contemporary theories of the family - rational choice theory and transition theory. These diametrically different approaches illuminate what differing theories reveal about families. The book also discusses how meta-theories can assist in building and refining theory and offers insight on the "understanding versus explanation" debate. Advancing Family Theories gives students a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dr James M M White
ISBN: 9781452263038 1452263035
OCLC Number: 809772391
Description: 1 online resource (217 pages)
Contents: Preface Acknowledgments1. Introduction Part I: Understanding Theory: Product and Process2. Family Theory and Social Science3. Science and Its Critics4. Theory, Models, and Metaphors5. Functions and Types of TheoryPart II: Advancing Substantive Family Theory6. Rational Choice Theory and the Family7. Transition TheoryPart III: Beyond Theory: Ethics, Ideology, and Metatheory8. Empirical Research and Theory9. Theory and Human Values10. Conclusion: Theories as Tools for Studying FamiliesReferencesReferencesReferencesAuthor IndexSubject IndexAbout the Author

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Advancing Family Theories explores two contemporary theories of the family - rational choice theory and transition theory. These diametrically different approaches illuminate what differing theories reveal about families. The book also discusses how meta-theories can assist in building and refining theory and offers insight on the "understanding versus explanation" debate. Advancing Family Theories gives students a precise notion of what a theory is and how theories work in research. The book not only looks at philosophical realms but also examines particular substantive theory to explai.

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"Making a strong case for the importance of theory in social science, the author argues that theories on the family would assist understanding across cultural contexts and variations." -- Savithri Read more...

 
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