Families, Relationships and Intimate Life

Families, Relationships and Intimate Life

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Families, Relationships and Intimate Life, Second Edition is a thorough exploration of the controversies, contradictions and broad patterns that characterise contemporary relationships and families. Beginning with the conceptual scaffolding of families in their historical and cultural context this text includes the key cultural differences of ethnicity, class and sexuality. Theoretical perspectives including functionalism, feminist approaches and reflexive modernisation are also clearly outlined. Once the groundwork has been established this book delves into examining the complexity of contemporary family life, covering key elements in the life course - childhood, youth, partnering, parenting and ageing and both the positive and negative sides of family life including intimacy and violence. This edition has been extensively updated with contemporary examples from pop culture and current affairs and incorporates developments currently reshaping families including new technologies and social mobility.New to this editionMore material on culturally diverse and transnational families, adoption and surrogacyNew emphasis on social media and mobile phone use throughoutNew theoretical perspectives on family relationshipsNew discussion on child abuse and elder abuse in Chapter 12: Violence in Intimate RelationshipsUpdated discussion questions, contemporary examples and further reading
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170 x 246 x 16mm | 528g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195525647
  • 9780195525649
  • 722,074

Table of contents

1. IntroductionDefining families and relationshipsThinking sociologicallyWhy study families and relationships?Structure of the bookKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading2. Relationships and Families Over TimeIntroductionPre-modern families (circa pre-eighteenth century)Modern families (eighteenth-mid twentieth century)Families and relationships in late modernityIndigenous Australian familiesHistory of East Asian and South-East Asian familiesConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading3. Diversity in Families and RelationshipsIntroductionDiversity beyond the nuclear familyContemporary Indigenous Australian familiesCulturally and linguistically diverse immigrant familiesSocial classConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading4. Sociological Perspectives on Relationships and FamiliesIntroductionStructural functionalismPolitical economy perspectiveFeminismIndividualisationMicro-sociological perspectivesQueer theoryConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading5. Young People, Relationships and FamiliesIntroductionLeaving homeYoung people and partneringChanging concepts of young adulthoodIntimate relationshipsSexualityConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading6. Love, Commitment and MarriageIntroductionLove and romanceChanging relationship patternsMarriage patterns in AustraliaUnmarried cohabitationThe pure relationship and `the transformation of intimacy'Gay marriage and commitment ceremoniesConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading7. Relating Beyond the Cohabiting CoupleIntroductionBeyond heterorelationalityFriendshipThe single lifeThe emotional and social significance of group householdsLiving apart together (LAT)ConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading8. Fertility, Technology and Family ChangeIntroductionFertility trendsSocial consequences of low fertility ratesExplanations for fertility behaviourCultural beliefs about parentingAssisted reproductive technologies and family changeConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading9. Parenting, Children and ChildcareIntroductionChildhood and historical change in Western countriesCultural differences in childhoodChanging research perspectives on childhoodFamilies and new media technologiesParentingDiverse parenting contextsConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading10. Families and LabourIntroductionA brief history of gendered workFamilies and the paid labour marketDomestic labourExplaining inequalityDomestic labour, fairness and changeDomestic labour arrangements in lesbian and gay relationshipsConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading11. Separation, Divorce and Reconstituted FamiliesIntroductionDivorce rates: change and continuityChanges in the institutional basis of marriageCauses of divorceThe impact of divorceStep-families/blended-families/reconfigured families/post-divorce familiesConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading12. Violence in Intimate RelationshipsIntroductionDefining and naming violence in intimate relationshipsA continuum of violent behavioursAustralian patterns and trendsExplanations for domestic and family violenceConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading13. Ageing, Care and Intergenerational RelationshipsIntroductionAn ageing Australian population: demographic characteristics and implicationsSociological perspectives on ageingGrandparentingConclusionKey conceptsDiscussion questionsRecommended further reading14. ConclusionIntimate life and the wider societyLove and panicThe future of familiesGlossaryReferencesIndex
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About Deborah Dempsey

Deborah Dempsey - Senior Lecturer, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Swinburne University

Jo Lindsay - Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Monash University and President of the Australian Sociological Society
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