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Families, Labour and Love

Family Diversity in a Changing World

We think of our family life as very personal, but in fact it is shaped by influences well beyond our control. Families, Labour and Love identifies the ways in which family and personal life in three 'settler' societies - Australia, New Zealand and Canada - has been shaped by colonisation, immigration, globalisation, demographic changes, law and policy. Richly illustrated with examples, comparative data and textual sources, Families, Labour and Love provides a broad-ranging analysis of the family which will appeal to students, researchers and policy-makers.

316 pages

Table of Contents

1 The personal and social world of families

2 Cultural variations in families

3 Early family life in settler societies

4 Conceptualising families

5 Intimacy, cohabitation and the quality of marriage

6 Childhood, reproduction and childcare

7 Families and paid/unpaid work

8 Separation, divorce and remarriage

9 State regulation of family life

10 The future of family life



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