Sociology of Family Life Change and Diversity in Intimate Relations

ISBN-10: 0745647790
ISBN-13: 9780745647791
Edition: 2012
Authors: Deborah Chambers
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 5/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

New kinds of intimate relationships such as post-divorce families, co-habiting couples, ‘friends as family’ and same-sex unions are now commonplace. This book explores the growing diversity of family life by presenting a comprehensive assessment of recent research and theory, and foregrounds new thinking about ‘family’, parenting, childhood and personal life.A Sociology of Family Life queries notions of moral decline by revealing a remarkable persistence of commitment and reciprocity across cultures in traditional and new family relations. This insightful and innovative work examines factors such as gender, race, ethnic identity and new sexual lifestyles in relation to cultural customs, government policies and social inequalities.Global dimensions of intimate life are explored, including the impact of population policies on fertility in several nations; ethical dilemmas associated with reproductive technologies among different cultures; interdependencies between rich and poor nations through the globalization of domestic care; and transnational marriage strategies. This book will be indispensable for students across the social sciences interested in change in intimate relations.

Introduction
Traditional Approaches to the Family
Individualization, Intimacy and Family Life
Parenting Practices and Values
The Changing Nature of Childhood
Families and Ageing Societies
Globalization, Migration and Intimate Relations
Families, Fertility and Populations
Families and New Reproductive Technologies
New Directions: Personal Life, Family and Friendship

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