Family structures have become increasingly diverse over recent decades. Examining contemporary theory alongside key terms and concepts, this new edition explores issues of intimacy, parenting, cohabitation and media representations. This book provides an in-depth look at the role of the family in society for all students of sociology.
About the Author
WARREN KIDD Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of East London, UK, and is an experienced teacher of Sociology as A Level. He is author of Culture and Identity and co-author of Political Sociology.
ANNE BROWN Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leicester, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Sociology of the Family.- The Nature of Families and Households.- Theories of Families and Households: 1.- Theories of Families and Households: 2.- Ideology, Discourse and the 'Dark Side' of Family Life.- The Impact of Industrialization: Changes in Family Structure.- Family Roles, Marriage and Relationships.- Family Diversity.- Changing Patterns of Marriage and Divorce.- Changing Generations.- The Family and Social Policy.- References.