Representing the Family

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SAGE, Jun 26, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 196 pages
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Looking at how the family is represented by the media, and by scrutinizing the manner in which it is regulated, this book uncovers the ways in which academic research and welfare policy have colluded with political rhetoric and the popular media to re-invent a mythical ideal family.

Representing the Family: combines perspectives from a range of theories including media and cultural studies, sociology, and social history to show how certain types of family life are pathologised; highlights the discrepancies between contemporary representations of the `ideal' family and lived experience; compares the British experience with that of the United States and Australia.

Representing the Family provides a rich and an engaging illustration of the ways in which the media produce meaning. It also demonstrates the ways in which critical social issues are played out across a range of discursive sites - academia, politics, and public policy.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Representing The Family
1
Chapter 2 Myths of Family Origins
33
Chapter 3 The Golden Age of the Modern Family?
60
Chapter 4 Dysfunctional Families
92
Chapter 5 Hynrid Families and Celebrations of Difference
115
Chapter 6 Discourses of Family Crisis
140
Chapter 7 Conclusions
164
Bibliography
180
Index
191
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About the author (2001)

Deborah Chambers is a Reader in Sociology of Culture and Communication, Department of English and Media Studies, at Nottingham Trent University.

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