This text discusses exciting new research and perspectives from sociology and other social and behavioral sciences, in addition to more conventional sociological perspectives and information. Family sociology has benefited from recent innovative research in a variety of related fields. Families in the New Millennium is the first family text to integrate some of this new body of knowledge with the standard subject matter. Students who use this text will be exposed to a wider range of theoretical perspectives and methods, and a fuller picture of family life in all its richness, diversity, and contexts. Families in the New Millennium emphasizes broad themes such as social inequalities, gender roles, and the functional community, with a focus on social policies regarding families.