Book Review: Cultural Sociology of Divorce
In today’s world, divorce is a common phenomenon that has become a part and parcel of our lives. Divorce is often characterized by conflict, bitterness and emotional turmoil for all parties involved. The Cultural Sociology of Divorce, authored by Robert E. Emery, is an insightful book that delves deep into the social and cultural underpinnings of divorce.
Emery’s book is a comprehensive guide to understanding the dynamics of divorce from sociological and cultural perspectives. The book explores how social norms, values, beliefs and attitudes shape the way we experience divorce. Emery has done an excellent job in synthesizing a vast body of research to provide readers with an in-depth analysis of the factors that contribute to the rise in divorce rates worldwide.
One aspect of the book that stood out for me was its emphasis on the impact of culture on divorce. The author argues that cultural context plays a significant role in shaping how individuals perceive and cope with divorce. Through various case studies and examples from different cultures around the world, Emery demonstrates how attitudes towards marriage, family and gender roles vary widely across cultures.
Another noteworthy aspect of Cultural Sociology of Divorce is its balanced approach to discussing both positive and negative effects of divorce on families. Emery acknowledges that while divorce can be a traumatic experience for all involved, it can also have important long-term benefits for some families. Moreover, he offers practical advice for parents going through this difficult time.
Despite its many strengths, there were some aspects I found lacking in this book. For instance, given its length (over 1600 pages!), it can be overwhelming to read at times which might deter some readers from fully engaging with all its content. Similarly, some areas could have been fleshed out more – particularly regarding how to mitigate negative effects on children during the process.
Overall though I commend Emery’s contribution by bringing together thoughtful research on what is often one of life’s most challenging events. Cultural Sociology of Divorce is a thought-provoking, informative and insightful read that will appeal to anyone seeking a better understanding of divorce from sociological and cultural perspectives.
Cultural Sociology of Divorce
publishedDate : 2013-02-21
authors : Robert E. Emery
publishers : SAGE Publications
pageCount : 1624
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