Section on Family

Information on ASA 2013 in New York, NY

Complex Families
Organizer: Marcia J. Carlson , University of Wisconsin-Madison,

While there are children raised by their continuously-married biological parents, a significant number of children today are raised in settings with step or half-siblings, remarried or repartnered parents, instability in living arrangements, gay and lesbian parents, and other family configurations. This session welcomes papers which offer social science research on aspects of contemporary family life.

Family Stratification
Organizer: R. Kelly Raley, University of Texas,

Families are situated in a broader social structure which is highly unequal. This panel welcomes papers that consider the consequences of social stratification for family life as well as those that address the contributions of family diversity to inequality.

Extended Families
Organizer: Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College,

When studying families, sociologists oftentimes focus solely on mothers, fathers, and their young children. Such a focus, however, neglects a vital component of family lives of many people for whom family includes aging parents, grown up children, adult siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren, and "fictive" kin. This panel welcomes papers that turn a sociological eye to the roles of extended families in daily life.

Culture and Family Life
Session Organizer Name: Allison Pugh, University of Virginia,

This session seeks to explore how families are embedded in cultures, and how family members draw upon cultural meanings and practices as they move through the routines of daily life, construct understandings of themselves and others, and manage the transitions and dislocations that come their way. What is the relationship of culture to inequalities within the family, and inequalities among/between families? How do different kinds of families use culture, and to what ends? What are novel ways to analyze the workings of culture in families, and families in culture? Although panel is particularly suited for studies involving observations of family life, a wide array of papers are welcome. The papers should highlight, of course, not only rich empirical work but the ways in which the results offer a friendly amendment to existing sociological theory.

Families and Social Institutions
Organizer: Jennifer Reich, University of Denver,

Social institutions directly impact family life, and in turn are reshaped by families. This panel invites papers that examine the myriad ways that families interact with institutions and their actors. These may include medical institutions, schools, courts and juvenile detention facilities, welfare or government agencies, or work. The organizers are seeking papers that offer an empirical contribution as well as show how the empirical findings help to enrich our conceptual understanding of family life.


Will be organized by Megan Reid and Corinne Recznek, National Development and Research Institute, and