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The New Family ?

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December 1998 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`I would recommend the book to anyone with an interest in the family, whether their interest is in constructs of "old" family values and morals, or in the "new" alternatives, and (possibly from a political point of view), threatening family. It provides food for thought for members of all these groups' - Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology

`The essays explore the increasing diversity, both for the study of sociology and for the wider political agenda' - International Journal of Law and the Family

Concern and debate over changes to family life have increased in the last decade, as a result of evolving employment patterns, shifting gender relations and more openness about sexual orientation. Most politicians and researchers have viewed these changes as harmful, suggesting that the family as an institution should not alter.

The `New' Family? challenges these dominant views. Leading academics in the field consider current diverse practices in families, and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should be and how they actually are, illustrating the need for a broader definition of family. This book shows the need to take fluidity and change in family arrangements seriously, rather than simply seeing change as dangerous and undesirable.


Elizabeth B Silva and Carol Smart
The `New' Practices and Politics of Family Life
David Morgan
Risk and Family Practices
Accounting for Change and Fluidity in Family Life  
Sarah Irwin
Resourcing the Family
Gendered Claims and Obligations and Issues of Explanation  
Elizabeth B Silva
Transforming Housewifery
Dispositions, Practices and Technologies  
Gillian Dunne
A Passion for `Sameness'
Sexuality and Gender Accountability  
Jeffrey Weeks, Catherine Donovan and Brian Heaphy
Everyday Experiments
Narratives of Non-Heterosexual Relationships  
Carol Smart
The `New' Parenthood
Fathers and Mothers after Divorce  
Joanna Bornat et al
Generational Ties in the `New' Family
Changing Contexts for Traditional Obligations  
Mary Chamberlain
Brothers and Sisters, Uncles and Aunts
A Lateral Perspective on Caribbean Families  
Julia Brannen
Reconsidering Children and Childhood
Sociological and Policy Perspectives  

`I would recommend the book to anyone with an interest in the family, whether their interest is in constructs of "old" family values and morals, or in the "new" alternatives, and (possibly from a political point of view), threatening family. It provides food for thought for members of all these groups' - Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology

`The essays explore the increasing diversity, both for the study of sociology and for the wider political agenda' - International Journal of Law and the Family

`...as an objective account of certain aspects of modern families, the authors succeed in challenging dominant views and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should function as opposed to what they actually do' - Family Practice

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