The Family in Question: Changing Households and Familiar Ideologies

The Family in Question: Changing Households and Familiar Ideologies

by Diana Gittins

Hardcover(2nd ed. 1993)

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After a decade of Thatcherism, rising illegitimacy and the moral panic over child sexual abuse, the family is more of a political issue than ever. But is it 'the family' that is in crisis, or family ideology? In this revised edition of an important and controversial book, Diana Gittins adds to a broad range of historical, anthropological and feminist evidence, a new chapter on child sexual abuse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333545690
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 01/23/1993
Series: Women in Society
Edition description: 2nd ed. 1993
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

DIANA GITTINS worked in higher education for ten years. She is the author of Fair Sex (Hutchinson, 1982) and a number of articles and essays on gender, families and childhood. She works as a consultant to the Open University and also writes poetry and fiction.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- Editor's Introduction.- Introduction: Questioning the Family.- How Have Families Changed?.- Is Patriarchy Relevant in Understanding Families?.- What is the Family?.- Is it Universal?.- Why do People Marry?.- Why do People Have Children?.- Why is a Woman's Work Never Done?.- The State: Creator or Destroyer of Family Solidarity?.- Is the Family in a State of Crisis?.- Why Do Men Abuse Children Sexually?.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.

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