The New Family ?

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Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva, Carol Smart
SAGE, Feb 8, 1999 - Social Science - 177 pages
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Concern and debate over changes to family life have increased in the last decade, as a result of evolving employment patterns, shifting gender relations and more openness about sexual orientation. Most politicians and researchers have viewed these changes as harmful, suggesting that the family as an institution should not alter.

The `New' Family? challenges these dominant views. Leading academics in the field consider current diverse practices in families, and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should be and how they actually are, illustrating the need for a broader definition of family. This book shows the need to take fluidity and change in family arrangements seriously, rather

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The New Practices and Politics of Family Life
1
Accounting for Change and Fluidity in Family Life
13
Gendered Claims and Obligations and Issues of Explanation
31
Dispositions Practices and Technologies
46
Chapter 5 A Passion for Sameness? Sexuality and Gender Accountability
66
Narratives of NonHeterosexual Relationships
83
Fathers and Mothers after Divorce
100
Changing Contexts for Traditional Obligations
115
A Lateral Perspective on Caribbean Families
129
Sociological and Policy Perspectives
143
Bibliography
159
Index
174
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Carol Smart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. Her publications include: The Ties that Bind: Law, Marriage and the Reproduction of Patriarchal Relations (1984); Feminism and the Power of Law (1989); and Regulating Womanhood: Historical Essays on Marriage, Motherhood and Sexuality (edited, 1992).

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