A sociology of family life : change and diversity in intimate relations / Deborah Chambers.

By: Chambers, Deborah, 1954-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge ; Malden, Mass. : Polity Press, 2012Description: viii, 240 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0745647790; 9780745647791; 9780745647784 (hbk.); 0745647782 (hbk.)Subject(s): Families | Families -- Economic aspects | Families -- Moral and ethical aspects | Family policy -- Moral and ethical aspectsDDC classification: 306.85 LOC classification: HQ503 | .C425 2012Online resources: Table of contents | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
1. Traditional approaches to the family -- Late nineteenth-century sociological perspectives -- Engels : family, private property and the state -- The twentieth-century functional family -- Companionate marriage -- Community and kinship studies -- Constructions of race in family studies -- Feminism and families -- 2. Individualization, intimacy and family life -- Individualization and changing families -- Doing and displaying families -- 'Unconventional' family relationships -- Same-sex intimacies and families of choice -- Minority ethnic kinship ties -- 3. Parenting practices and values -- Changing ideas about parenthood -- Morality and motherhood -- Teenage mothers -- Traditional and new models of fatherhood -- Fatherhood after divorce -- Minority ethnic parenting -- Gay and lesbian parenting -- 4. The changing nature of childhood -- Past ideas about childhood -- Children's agency -- Children and divorced families -- Childhood, consumption and class -- Children, new media and the home -- The privatization of childhood.
5. Families and ageing societies -- Changing dynamics of ageing and family life in western societies -- Older people and patterns of family support -- Gender differences among older people -- Same-sex relationships among older people -- Globalization, old age and traditional kinship customs -- 6. Globalization, migration and intimate relations -- Gendered migration patterns -- Globalization, migration and family care -- Marriage strategies and mobility -- Commercially negotiated marriage -- Sustaining cultural traditions in diasporic settings -- Internet dating and 'mail-order brides' -- 7. Families, fertility and populations -- Governments and family planning -- Romania's pro=natalist policy under Ceausescu -- India's preference for sons -- China's 'on-child' policy -- Demographic deficit in developed nations -- 8. Families and new reproductive technologies -- Assisted conception and relatedness -- Approaches to new reproductive technologies -- Donor insemination and the regulation of families -- Views on infertility treatment among the South Asian diasporas -- Donor technologies in the Muslim Middle East -- Commercial surrogacy in India -- 9. New directions : personal life, family and friendship -- The politics of family values -- Family diversity and personal life -- Friends and personal communities -- New intimacies -- Global and economic dimensions of intimacy and family.
Summary: "New kinds of intimate relationships such as post-divorce families, co-habiting couples, 'friends as family' and same-sex unions are now commonplace. This book explores the growing diversity of family life by presenting a comprehensive assessment of recent research and theory, and foregrounds new thinking about 'family', parenting, childhood and personal life. A Sociology of Family Life queries notions of moral decline by revealing a remarkable persistence of commitment and reciprocity across cultures in traditional and new family relations. This insightful and innovative work examines factors such as gender, race, ethnic identity and new sexual lifestyles in relation to cultural customs, government policies and social inequalities. Global dimensions of intimate life are explored, including the impact of population policies on fertility in several nations; ethical dilemmas associated with reproductive technologies among different cultures; interdependencies between rich and poor nations through the globalization of domestic care; and transnational marriage strategies. This book will be indispensable for students across the social sciences interested in change in intimate relations."--Publisher's website.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-229) and index.

1. Traditional approaches to the family -- Late nineteenth-century sociological perspectives -- Engels : family, private property and the state -- The twentieth-century functional family -- Companionate marriage -- Community and kinship studies -- Constructions of race in family studies -- Feminism and families -- 2. Individualization, intimacy and family life -- Individualization and changing families -- Doing and displaying families -- 'Unconventional' family relationships -- Same-sex intimacies and families of choice -- Minority ethnic kinship ties -- 3. Parenting practices and values -- Changing ideas about parenthood -- Morality and motherhood -- Teenage mothers -- Traditional and new models of fatherhood -- Fatherhood after divorce -- Minority ethnic parenting -- Gay and lesbian parenting -- 4. The changing nature of childhood -- Past ideas about childhood -- Children's agency -- Children and divorced families -- Childhood, consumption and class -- Children, new media and the home -- The privatization of childhood.

5. Families and ageing societies -- Changing dynamics of ageing and family life in western societies -- Older people and patterns of family support -- Gender differences among older people -- Same-sex relationships among older people -- Globalization, old age and traditional kinship customs -- 6. Globalization, migration and intimate relations -- Gendered migration patterns -- Globalization, migration and family care -- Marriage strategies and mobility -- Commercially negotiated marriage -- Sustaining cultural traditions in diasporic settings -- Internet dating and 'mail-order brides' -- 7. Families, fertility and populations -- Governments and family planning -- Romania's pro=natalist policy under Ceausescu -- India's preference for sons -- China's 'on-child' policy -- Demographic deficit in developed nations -- 8. Families and new reproductive technologies -- Assisted conception and relatedness -- Approaches to new reproductive technologies -- Donor insemination and the regulation of families -- Views on infertility treatment among the South Asian diasporas -- Donor technologies in the Muslim Middle East -- Commercial surrogacy in India -- 9. New directions : personal life, family and friendship -- The politics of family values -- Family diversity and personal life -- Friends and personal communities -- New intimacies -- Global and economic dimensions of intimacy and family.

"New kinds of intimate relationships such as post-divorce families, co-habiting couples, 'friends as family' and same-sex unions are now commonplace. This book explores the growing diversity of family life by presenting a comprehensive assessment of recent research and theory, and foregrounds new thinking about 'family', parenting, childhood and personal life. A Sociology of Family Life queries notions of moral decline by revealing a remarkable persistence of commitment and reciprocity across cultures in traditional and new family relations. This insightful and innovative work examines factors such as gender, race, ethnic identity and new sexual lifestyles in relation to cultural customs, government policies and social inequalities. Global dimensions of intimate life are explored, including the impact of population policies on fertility in several nations; ethical dilemmas associated with reproductive technologies among different cultures; interdependencies between rich and poor nations through the globalization of domestic care; and transnational marriage strategies. This book will be indispensable for students across the social sciences interested in change in intimate relations."--Publisher's website.

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CHOICE Review

Chambers's excellent text on family studies is all about understanding the complexity of contemporary family life. The author introduces readers to the theoretical foundations of the field, recent trends in family life, and the current academic debates in family studies. Diverse and global perspectives are main features of the text. Chambers (cultural studies, Newcastle Univ., UK) highlights the multiplicity of family structures, family processes, and varying experiences in families by gender, class, ethnicity, nationality, and sexual preference. Readers learn how government policies and distinct cultural features impact family life in different countries. Interesting case studies from non-Western countries help readers critically examine Western assumptions about families. The book presents a wealth of information without using a single table or graph. This very accessible, no-frills text is well written and nicely organized, and adeptly introduces students and faculty to current knowledge and academic discussion in family studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. G. K. Hearn Idaho State University

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Deborah Chambers is professor of media and cultural studies at Newcastle University.

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