FMST 201 offers an in-depth exploration of family
decision-making processes for a wide range of wants and needs. The five-step
decision-making process includes recognizing existing needs, identifying
alternatives to fulfill identified needs, evaluating identified alternatives to
meet needs, implementing alternatives, and evaluating the alternatives selected.
But how families identify, use, produce, and manage resources isn’t rigid – a
range of historical, environmental, and cultural influences make family
decision making processes, and family
resource management, different for everyone.
This book review offers an opportunity to explore family
resource management issues by applying course concepts to real experiences.
Select one of the pre-approved books listed below to read for this assignment.
After reading the book, you will write a 5 page paper demonstrating your
ability to interpret, evaluate, compare, and critique the experiences of the
characters highlighted in the story. This paper must be written using 12-point
Times New Roman font with double-spaced lines and standard one-inch margins on
all sides. You must also format your paper using APA style and include the
following: title page, running head, page numbers, headings (optional), and a
Your paper must include the following information:
Summary of the book
What happened? Who was involved?
Where and when did the events depicted take place? Identify the individual,
family, and group memberships of the primary characters and social institutions
that are involved in the story.
Summary of the social
What are the individual, family,
and larger social issues/problems being faced by the primary characters and
social institutions depicted in the book? What put the primary characters at
risk for experiencing this social issue/problem? What historical,
environmental, social, economic, and cultural contexts are influencing the
primary characters and their experiences?
Analysis of the
decision-making process and resolution planning
What steps in the decision-making
process were depicted by the primary characters? How did the characters engage
with each other and with other social institutions? Critique the need, access,
availability, and use of resources by the primary characters. What individual,
family, and community barriers and supports to resolution of the social
problems were depicted? Were the issues resolved? If so, how?
Select one of the primary
characters depicted in this book; if given the opportunity, what could he or
she have done differently?
Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s
Racially Divided Economy
by Maggie Anderson