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The purpose of the Section on Family is to encourage the development of sociological perspectives on families, to bring together those who study and teach about families, and to consider the implications of such analyses for public policy, politics and professional practice. The section seeks to foster understanding of family structures and practices, of differences between and within families and of those social institutions and forces -- race, class, and gender; the economy, culture, social movements, the law, and demographic trends -- that shape families or are shaped by them.

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 Members include:

  • college and university faculty
  • researchers
  • students
  • practitioners

    About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.