Social Relations and the Life Course

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This collection of essays represents some of the most important recent research into changing patterns of family, household, and community life. It brings together some of the leading sociologists in the field to explore how these informal social relationships change over time and the life course.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333984970
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/18/2003
  • Series: Critical Perspectives in Art History
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Allan is Professor of Sociology, and Gill Jones is at the School of Social Relations, both at Keele University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Notes on the Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Gender and Generation: Changing Pension Inequalities Over Time 13
Pt. I Children and Parents
3 Past/Present/Future: Time and the Meaning of Change in the 'Family' 31
4 'The Never-ending Story': Children's Gaze and the Unresolved Narrative of Their Parents' Divorce 49
5 Researching Childhood: Time, Memory and Method 63
Pt. II Family and Household Formation
6 Young Motherhood: Family Transmission or Family Transitions? 79
7 Young Adults' Household Formation: Individualization, Identity and Home 103
8 Negotiating Difference: Lesbian and Gay Transitions to Adulthood 120
9 Single, 20-something and Seeking? 135
Pt. III Re-formulations
10 'Making It Their Home': In-migration, Time, Social Change and Belonging in a Rural Community 155
11 Family and Community Ties in Space and Time 172
12 'If You Had a Whole Year of Weekends It Would be a Very Long Day': Situating and Assessing Time in the Context of Paid and Unpaid Work 187
13 How Brief An Encounter? Time and Relationships, Pure or Otherwise 199
Bibliography 214
Index 228
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