Negotiating Family Responsibilities / Edition 1

Negotiating Family Responsibilities / Edition 1

by Janet Finch, Professor Janet V Finch, Jennifer Mason
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415084075

ISBN-13: 9780415084079

Pub. Date: 10/29/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Negotiating Family Responsibilities provides a major new insight into contemporary family life, particularly kin relationships outside the nuclear family. While many people believe that the real meaning of 'family' has shrunk to the nuclear family household, there is considerable evidence to suggest that relationships with the wider kin group remain an

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Overview

Negotiating Family Responsibilities provides a major new insight into contemporary family life, particularly kin relationships outside the nuclear family. While many people believe that the real meaning of 'family' has shrunk to the nuclear family household, there is considerable evidence to suggest that relationships with the wider kin group remain an important part of most people's lives.
Based on the findings of a major study of kinship, and including lively verbatim accounts of conversations with family members concepts of responsibility and obligation within family life are examined and the authors expand theories on the nature of assistance within families and argue that it is negotiated over time rather than given automatically.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415084079
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/29/1992
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgements
1Understanding family responsibilities1
2Balancing responsibilities: dependence and independence29
3Negotiating commitments over time60
4Making legitimate excuses97
5Reputations and moral identities in the negotiation of family responsibilities129
6Conclusion162
Appendix A Methodology and research design181
Appendix B Should relatives be the preferred source of help for someone in need of assistance? Survey findings198
Appendix C Who does what for whom?206
References220
Name index223
Subject index224

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