Book: The Family


My book, The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change, was published by W. W. Norton in 2014. Details about the book — contents, features, and supporting materials — including how to order exam copies, and how to contact a Norton representative, are available here. I’m working on the second edition now.

If you are an instructor who is using or considering the book I invite you to join this Facebook group for a teaching discussion.

From the publisher’s description:

Learn the facts and debunk the fictions about contemporary families. Looking at modern families through the context of diversity, inequality, and social change, blogger and demographer Philip N. Cohen brings a fresh approach to the sociological study of family life. The text features a wealth of original, interactive graphics of contemporary family trends and encourages students to be savvy consumers of media. Integrated workshops based on activities from Cohen’s undergraduate course give students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the book to their own lives.

From the review by Shannon Davis in Teaching Sociology:

Well organized, The Family builds on theories of modernity to address the three core concepts that Cohen argues underlie understanding contemporary families: diversity, inequality, and social change. The scholarship upon which the text is built is robust, but the text itself is clearly written and should be accessible for the target audience of undergraduates. The conversational nature of the text makes it feel like you are sitting next to Cohen and he is talking you through the major issues around the intersection of paid work and family life, for example, drawing upon his deep knowledge of the topic and engaging the most recent research available to help make sense of complicated issues.