The statistics tell the story of the American family: According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 marked the milestone when blended families or
stepfamilies became the most common form of family in America; 2,100
new blended families are formed every day in this country; 41 percent
of unmarried couples living together have children living in the home;
over 65 percent of Americans are now a stepparent, a stepchild, a
stepsibling, a step-grandparent, or touched directly by a stepfamily
scenario. Moreover, the Pew Research Center reports interracial
marriages are on the rise in America—in 1980, 3 percent of married
couples were mixed race; today 1 in 12 couples are interracial
We will produce a carefully balanced academic work that chronicles the
social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families
from the colonial period to the present. Key themes will include
families and culture (including mass media), families and religion,
families and the economy, families and social issues, families and
social stratification and conflict, family structures (including
marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed
and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy. Approximately
600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and video
clips in the online edition, will provide the historical context for
students to examine political and social debates about the importance
of the family and the evolving constructions of the American family.
The work will also include a collection of primary source documents
demonstrating these themes across time. The signed articles, with
cross-references and Further Readings are accompanied by pedagogical
elements, including the Reader’s Guide, Chronology of American
Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index.
This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference and
will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and
digital product available to students via the library’s electronic
services. The General Editors, who will be reviewing each submission
to the project, are Drs. Lawrence Ganong and Marilyn Coleman,
University of Missouri.
We are currently making assignments with a deadline of June 7, 2013.
If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference,
it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary
literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. SAGE
Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for
smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for
contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.
The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step
we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can
select topics that best fit your expertise and interests.
Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that
detail article specifications. If you would like to contribute to
building a truly outstanding reference with Social History of American
Families, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please
provide your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing
credentials in related disciplines.
Joseph K. Golson