I am reviewing books for my summer Social Psych of Marriage and Family class (don't laugh that I teach such a class) and I am impressed by the fact that Singles get an entire chapter in a book by DeGenova. The book isn't perfect by a long shot -- for example mention of chosen/intentional families. My biggest complaint is that this like most sociology books on marriage and family feel compelled to include and entire chapter on family planning and 2/3 of a chapter devoted to the biological details of pregnancy and birth. I don't understand why. It would be far more sociological to discuss the medicalization of childbirth or a chapter on intentional families, or the social debates regarding contraception, sex education, and/or abortion.
Feb. 13th, 2008
Following my hysterectomy there were two people who came to North Carolina to stay with me as I recovered from my surgery. One of those people at surgery today and the other told a few minutes ago that it looks like she may need to have one. She will find out more on Wednesday. The odd things is that the reason for the surgery is different in each of the cases.