Families in society

Boundaries and relationships

Edited by Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Families in society

Edited by Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861346438 Published September 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Acknowledging the increasing diversity and complexity of families, this innovative book proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding families and other relationships that both challenges and attempts to reconcile traditional and contemporary approaches. Using the notion of 'boundaries', the book shifts thinking from 'families as entities' to 'families as relationship processes'. Emphasising the processes that underlie boundary construction and reconstruction suggests that the key to understanding family life is the process of relationship formation. The ideas of entity, boundary, margins and hybridity provide a framework for understanding the diverse, and often contradictory, ways in which families contribute to society. Families in society makes a significant contribution to the academic literature on families and is essential reading for social science students, social researchers, policy makers and practitioners interested in families and relationships.
Families and relationships: boundaries and bridges ~ Linda McKie, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and John McKendrick

Part 1: Families in society
Balancing work and family life: mothers' views ~ Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Kathryn Backett-Milburn and Debbie Kemmer
Gender, care, poverty and transitions ~ Gill Scott and Sue Innes
Families, education and the 'participatory imperative' ~ Janet Shucksmith, Lorna McKee and Helen Willmot

Part 2: Children, families and relationships
Children's boundaries: within and beyond families ~ Malcolm Hill
Family within and beyond the household boundary: children's constructions of who they live with ~ Helen Sweeting and Peter Seaman
Children managing parental drug and alcohol misuse: challenging parent-child boundaries ~ Angus Bancroft, Sarah Wilson, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Hugh Masters and Kathryn Backett-Milburn

Part 3: Health, illness and well-being
Intersections of health and well-being in women's lives and relationships at mid-life ~ Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Laura Airey and Linda McKie
Families, relationships and the impact of dementia: insights into the 'ties that bind' ~ Dot Weaks, Heather Wilkinson and Shirley Davidson
Violence and families: boundaries, memories and identities ~ Linda McKie and Nancy Lombard

Part 4: Relationships and friendships
Boundaries of intimacy ~ Lynn Jamieson
Solo living, individual and family boundaries ~ Fran Wasoff and Lynn Jamieson with Adam Smith
Boundaries of friendships ~ Graham Allen
Living and loving beyond the boundaries of the heteronorm: personal relationships in the 21st century ~ Sasha Roseneil

Perspectives on social policies and families ~ Fran Wasoff and Sarah Cunningham-Burley
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