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The Sociology of the Family. A Reader. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2250788
  • Book
  • March 1999
  • 392 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This volume provides students with the essential readings for understanding the dominant issues in the sociology of the family. The editor presents the reader with a collection of important writings that include recent and currently relevant material as well as the rich variety of empirical work conducted in this field.
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List of figures.

List of tables.





Part I: Changing Families: Introduction:.

1. Social Reconstruction and the Emergence of Companionate Marriage, 1945-59: Janet Finch and Penny Summerfield.

2. Liberalizing Heterosexuality?: Gail Hawkes.

3. The One and the Many: Modernity and Post-Modernity: David Cheal.

Part II: Marriage, Intimacy and Power: Introduction:.

4. Love and Intimacy: The Gender Division of Emotion and 'Emotion Work': a Neglected Aspect of Sociological Discussion of Heterosexual Relationships: Jean Duncombe and Dennis Marsden.

5. Partners by Choice: Equality, Power and Commitment in Non-Heterosexual Relationships: Jeffrey Weeks, Brian Heaphy and Catherine Donovan.

6. Money, Power and Equality in Marriage: Carolyn Vogler and Jan Pahl.

7. Uncovering Gender Differences in the Use of Marital Violence: The Effect of Methodology: James Nazroo.

Part III: Domestic Organisation:.

8. Cohabitation or Marriage? - Cohabitation: Susan McRae.

9. Women's Work: Nickie Charles and Marion Kerr.

10. The Household and the Labour Market: Lydia Morris.

Part IV: Divorce and Lone-Parenthood:.

11. Diversity and Ambiguity Among Lone-Parent Households in Modern Britain: Graham Crow and Mike Hardey.

12. State, Family and Personal Responsibility: The Changing Balance for Lone Mothers in the United Kingdom: Jane Millar.

13. The Interests of Children at Divorce: Martin Richards.

Part V: Family, Kinship and Care. Introduction:.

14. The Informal Sector of Welfare: A Crisis in Caring: Hilary Graham.

15. Obligations of Kinship in Contemporary Britain: Is There Normative Agreement? Janet Finch and Jennifer Mason.

16. Gender Differences in Informal Caring: Sara Arber and Jay Ginn.

17. Living with Disability: The Experiences of Parents and Children: Sally Baldwin and Jane Carlisle.


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Graham Allan University of Southampton; Keele University.
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