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A Sociology of Family Life: Change and Diversity in Intimate Relations

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Family relations are undergoing dramatic changes globally and locally. At the same time, certain features of family life endure. This book, now in a fully updated edition, presents a comprehensive assessment of recent research on 'family', parenting, childhood and interpersonal ties. The book queries assumption about a disintegration of 'the family' by revealing a remarkable persistence of commitment and reciprocity across cultures, within new as well as traditional family forms. Yet, while new kinds of intimate relationships such as 'friends as family' and LGBTQ+ intimacies become commonplace, such personal relationships can still be difficult to negotiate in the face of wider structural norms. With a focus on factors such as class, gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality, this new edition highlights inequalities that influence and curb families and personal life transnationally. Alongside substantial new material on cultural and digital transformations, the book features extensive updates on issues ranging from demography, migration, ageing, and government policies to reproductive technologies, employment and care. With a global focus, and blending theory with real-life examples, this insightful and engaging book will remain indispensable to students across the social sciences.

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Author(s): Chambers D, Gracia P

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 2

Year: 2022

Number of Volumes: 1

Number of Pages: 328

Print publication date: 31/12/2021

Online publication date: 30/11/2021

Acceptance date: 09/11/2021

Publisher: Polity Press

Place Published: Cambridge


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ISBN: 9781509541355