Family Troubles?: Exploring Changes and Challenges in Family Lives of Children and Young People

Family Troubles?: Exploring Changes and Challenges in Family Lives of Children and Young People


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As the everyday lives of children and young people are increasingly understood as matters of public policy and concern, the question of how we can understand the difference between “normal” family troubles and troubled or troubling families has become more important. In this timely and thought-provoking book, a wide range of contributors address topics such as infant care, sibling conflict, divorce, disability, illness, substance abuse, violence, kinship care, and forced marriage, in an effort to explore how the concept of trouble features in normal families and how the concept of normal features in troubled families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447304432
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jane Ribbens McCarthy is reader in family studies at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities, and Governance at the Open University. Carol-Ann Hooper is senior lecturer in social policy at the University of York. Val Gillies is professor of social research in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
      Dorit Braun

1. Troubling normalities and normal family troubles: diversities, experiences and tensions
      Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper and Val Gillies
Part One: Approaching Family Troubles? Contexts and Methodologies
Introduction to Part One
      Janet Ribbens McCarthy
2. Cultural context, families and troubles
      Jill Korbin
3. Representing family troubles through the 20th century
      Janet Fink
4. The role of science in understanding family troubles
      Michael Rutter
5. Family troubles, methods trouble: qualitative research and the methodological divide
      Ara Francis
Part Two: Whose Trouble? Contested Definitions and Practices
Introduction to Part Two
      Val Gillies
6. Disabled parents and normative family life: the obscuring of lived experiences of parents and children within policy and research accounts
      Harriet Clarke and Linsday O'Dell
7. Normal problems or problem children? Parents and the micro-politics of deviance and disability
      Ara Francis
8. Troubled talk and talk about troubles: moral cultures of infant feeding in professional, policy and parenting discourses
      Helen Lomax
9. Children's non-conforming behaviour: personal trouble or public issue?
      Geraldine Brady
10. Revealing the lived reality of kinship care through children and young people's narratives: "It's not all nice, it's not all easy-going, it's a difficult journey to go on"
      Karin Cooper
Part Three: The Normal, the Troubling and the Harmful?
Introduction to Part Three
      Carol-Ann Hooper
11. Troubling loss? Children's experiences of major disruptions in family life
      Lynn Jamieson and Gill Highet
12. The permeating presence of past domestic and familial violence: "So like I'd never let anyone hit me but I've hit them, and I shouldn't have done"
      Dawn Mannay
13. Thinking about sociological work on personal and family life in the light of research on young people's experience of parental substance misuse
      Sarah Wilson
14. The trouble with siblings: some psychosocial thoughts about sisters, aggression and femininity
      Helen Lucey
15. Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness
      Hayley Davies
Part Four: Troubles and Transitions across Space and Culture
Introduction to Part Four
      Jane Ribbens McCarthy
16. 'Troubling' or 'ordinary'? Children's views on migration and intergenerational ethnic identities
      Umut Erel
17. Colombian families dealing with parents' international migration
      Maria Claudia Duque-Páramo
18. Families left behind: unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK
      Elaine Chase and June Statham
19. Young people’s caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV
      Ruth Evans
20. Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England
      Peter Keogh, Anne Kazimirski, Susan Purdon and Ruth Maisey
Part Five: Working with Families
Introduction to Part Five
      Carol-Ann Hooper
21. European perspectives on parenting and family support
      Janet Boddy
22. What supports resilient coping among family members? A systemic practitioner’s perspective
      Arlene Vetere
23. Troubled and troublesome teens: mothers’ and professionals’ understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles
      Harriet Churchill and Karen Clarke
24. Contested family practices and moral reasoning: updating concepts for working with family-related social problems
      Hannele Forsberg
25. Working with fathers: risk or resource?
      Brid Featherstone
26. What is at stake in family troubles? Existential issues and value frameworks
      Jane Ribbens McCarthy


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