Dr. Smith-Bynum Publishes Family Theory Textbook
In 2018, Family Science Associate Professor Dr. Mia Smith-Bynum will publish an edited textbook through Cognella Academic Publishers. The book, Families in Daily Life: Macro and Micro Perspectives, was conceived of by Dr. Smith-Bynum after years of teaching the Family Science course (FMSC330) “Family Theories and Patterns” using sociology textbooks and texts that did not speak to racial and ethnic diversity.
“As I evaluated different textbooks for FMSC 330 over the years,” Dr. Smith-Bynum says, “I came across some great texts. Still, I was surprised to learned that only about half addressed race and ethnicity as a stand-alone chapter or section. Some gave only cursory treatment to the issue within certain topical areas. As an instructor, I believe that students need to understand the ways that trends in immigration and the country's growing ethnic and racial diversity are changing in the U.S. and how this is reflected in the latest scholarship on family life.
“I think it's important for students to understand the vast diversity in American family life and to be able to link that understanding to other macro-level forces in our society. These include things like social policy, the economy, differences in cultural background, and also long standing social ills such as racism and discrimination. My textbook provides an overview of the major trends in this area and exposure to scholarship focused on ethnic minority families as well.”