Overview

This book is a major new study into one of the fastest growing family formations in the Western World  - stepfamilies. Drawing on recent developments within the sociology of family life, it provides an analysis of the extent of family connection and solidarity within different stepfamily networks. In contrast to much research on stepfamilies, its focus is not only on issues of stepfamily organization within households when children are young. Rather it examines how stepfamily relationships develop and change...
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Stepfamilies

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Overview

This book is a major new study into one of the fastest growing family formations in the Western World  - stepfamilies. Drawing on recent developments within the sociology of family life, it provides an analysis of the extent of family connection and solidarity within different stepfamily networks. In contrast to much research on stepfamilies, its focus is not only on issues of stepfamily organization within households when children are young. Rather it examines how stepfamily relationships develop and change across different life phases, in the process considering relationships across as well as within particular households. In this its approach is to focus on 'family as kinship' as much as 'family as household'. The analysis in the book is developed through a series of case studies of people's stepfamily experiences which are used to explore how the construction of family connection develops within different stepfamily relationships.
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GRAHAM ALLAN Professor of Sociology at Keele University, UK. His research interests focus on informal relationships, including friendships, family ties, and community sociology. He has published widely in these areas and is co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series.
 
GRAHAM CROW Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK and Deputy Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. His research and teaching interests include family and community sociology, sociological theory, comparative sociology, and research methods.
 
SHEILA HAWKER A qualitative researcher who has worked on numerous projects concerned with families, older people, and end of life care. Her research interests include family sociology, quality of life in health care and qualitative research methods. She is Co-Director of C&S Academic Services, a company specialising in qualitative social and health services research.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysing Stepfamilies
Case Illustrations
Family Boundaries
Step-mothering Step-children
Step-fathering Step-children
Stepfamily Kinship
Conclusion: Change and Continuity
Appendix 1: Research Methods
Bibliography
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