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

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

作者:Chambers, Deborah, 出版社: , 出版日期:2012-06-05

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A Sociology of Family Life: Change and Diversity in Intimate Relations
For students in the social sciences, Chambers (media and cultural studies, Newcastle U., UK) explores the changing nature of families and contemporary methods of commitment, focusing on the increase in family diversity and negative responses to it and families through a global perspective. She considers whether the idea of the democratization of family and intimate relationships is supported by research or whether gender inequalities persist, whether a growing diversity in intimate relationships is leading to a crisis of commitment and care, whether research on same-sex intimacies requires a reconsideration of the concept of family, and whether sociological debates about family life are ethnocentric. Chapters cover the historical roots of concepts of kinship and family in sociology; theories and debates from the 1990s about changes in intimate relationships; changing parenting values and practices; changes in the nature of childhood; how family relationships are being changed within the life course, including gender differences among older people, same-sex relationships, and how families care for the elderly; family migration and the globalization of intimate relations; the impact of population policies on fertility patterns; and the use of new reproductive technologies to create the ?perfect? family. These global chapters emphasize family structures and relations in developing and under-developed countries, including how family life has been influenced by arranged marriages and marriage migration. Distributed by Wiley. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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