Families in Society: Boundaries and Relationships

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"The changing nature of families, their enduring and multifaceted significance in society and their value as a focus for the exploration of social change have ensured that families have remained a prominent focus of academic enquiry. This innovative book proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding families and other relationship that both challenges and attempts to reconcile traditional and contemporary approaches." "Using the notion of 'boundaries', the book shifts thinking from 'families as entities' to 'families as relationship
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Overview

"The changing nature of families, their enduring and multifaceted significance in society and their value as a focus for the exploration of social change have ensured that families have remained a prominent focus of academic enquiry. This innovative book proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding families and other relationship that both challenges and attempts to reconcile traditional and contemporary approaches." "Using the notion of 'boundaries', the book shifts thinking from 'families as entities' to 'families as relationship processes'. Emphasising the processes that underlie boundary construction and reconstruction suggests that the key to understanding family life is the process of relationship formation. Three main themes are explored: the nature of families, families in society, and relationships and friendships. Each includes an exciting mix of contributions on different topics, from work and care, risk and social change to health, illness and well-being." Families in society makes a significant contribution to the academic literature on families and is essential reading for social science students, social researchers, policy makers and practitioners interested in families and relationships.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781861346445
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Linda McKie, Professor of Sociology, Glasgow Caledonian University and Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh

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Table of Contents

1 Families and relationships : boundaries and bridges 3
2 Balancing work and family life : mothers' views 23
3 Gender, care, poverty and transitions 39
4 Families, education and the 'participatory imperative' 57
5 Children's boundaries : within and beyond families 77
6 Family within and beyond the household boundary : children's constructions of who they live with 95
7 Children managing parental drug and alcohol misuse : challenging parent - child boundaries 111
8 Intersections of health and well-being in women's lives and relationships at mid-life 131
9 Families, relationships and the impact of dementia - insights into the 'ties that bind' 149
10 Violence and families : boundaries, memories and identities 169
11 Boundaries of intimacy 189
12 Solo living, individual and family boundaries : findings from secondary analysis 207
13 Boundaries of friendship 227
14 Living and loving beyond the boundaries of the heteronorm : personal relationships in the 21st century 241
15 Perspectives on social policies and families 261
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