How we practice and perceive family and marriage as well as close relationships continues to evolve. Our modern society grapples with many issues facing families as well as emerging realities for the formation and constitution of marriage and various changes in interpersonal relations. The 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage represents just one of many changes undergone in the realm of marriage and family in recent years.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships provides up-to-date information on such diverse topics as single-parent families, cohabitation, widowhood, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, communication, and commuter marriages. Wide-ranging in scope, this encyclopedia complements courses in a variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, gender/women’s studies, and others. Readers will find both overview and in-depth coverage across approximately 300 articles, covering diverse topics specific to ethnic groups and religious traditions as well as how families have been affected by political and social change. Other features include discussion questions, key terms and definitions, more than 140 illustrations, and a full subject index.


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  • 294 newly written and signed entries

  • 144 full-color photos, illustrations, graphs, etc., to highlight the text

  • A general index of places, subjects, titles, and proper names mentioned within the text

  • Discussion questions added to substantial entries

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