Family structures have become increasingly diverse over recent decades. Examining contemporary theory alongside key terms and concepts, this new edition explores issues of intimacy, parenting, cohabitation and media representations. This book provides an in-depth look at the role of the family in society for all students of sociology.
Experiences of family life can differ widely throughout society. So, can we still rely on one traditional definition of the family? And what can sociology teach us about the role and importance of the family in today's world? This new edition examines the core sociological concepts that help us to understand how and why families and households are changing. With thorough chapters that are organised around crucial topics and debates, this book: * Outlines and critiques traditional definitions of the family * Assesses shifting patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce * Highlights how gender roles and relationships are changing within the family * Explores what birth rates and family size can tell us about our society Part of the Skills-based Sociology series, this student-friendly text encourages readers to put their understanding into practice through a variety of useful tasks, activities and mock exam questions. It is an essential study and revision resource for all those new to family sociology.
Introduction to the Sociology of the Family The Nature of Families and Households Theories of Families and Households: 1 Theories of Families and Households: 2 Ideology, Discourse and the 'Dark Side' of Family Life The Impact of Industrialization: Changes in Family Structure Family Roles, Marriage and Relationships Family Diversity Changing Patterns of Marriage and Divorce Changing Generations The Family and Social Policy References