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Families, Households and Society by Professor Graham Allan
Book DescriptionRecent decades have witnessed remarkable changes in family patterns and household organisation. In particular, contemporary family and household relationships have become far more diverse than they were previously. This book examines the character of these changes, providing a systematic overview of the ways in which domestic arrangements have been altering. Moreover, it places these developments in family and domestic life in their wider economic, social and demographic contexts, showing how family patterns can be understood only by linking what happens inside families with the broader environments in which they operate. Particular attention is paid in the text to the growth of new forms of solidarity and fragmentation within families and households, including cohabitation, divorce, lone-parent households and step-families. The book also focuses on the dynamics of family and household organisation, emphasising the changes that occur in people's domestic relationships as their life course position alters. Thus, in addition to examining the contemporary organisation of marriage, including the domestic division of labour and patterns of resource allocation, it also analyses the household and family circumstances of young adults and people over retirement age. In focusing on diversity and change in domestic relationships the book reflects the revitalisation evident in the sociology of family life in recent years, a period in which new research questions and fresh understandings have emerged about the ways in which people organise their lives as members of households and families. Graham Allan is Reader in Sociology at the University of Southampton. His interests include sociology of the family, community and friendship. Graham Crow is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton. His interests include the sociology of domestic life, community, sociological theory and comparative sociology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333693070
(216mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Graham Allan
Stepfamilies, Hardback (February 2011)
Drawing on recent developments within the sociology of family life, this book examines family connection and solidarity within different stepfamily networks, focusing on relationships from a kinship perspective and using case studies of people's experiences to explore how family connection is constructed within different stepfamilies.
Researching Intimacy in Families, Paperback (August 2008)
An incisive engagement with the subject of intimacy and interpersonal relationships and the methods used to research families and personal life, this book introduces readers to contemporary conceptual and methodological frameworks for understanding intimacy and sexuality in families.
State of Affairs, Hardback (June 2004)
'The State of Affairs' brings together contributions on the study of sexual affairs in committed personal relationships. Based on a range of survey data, the chapters discuss the impacts of affairs on individuals, partners and other members of the family unit.
Social Relations and the Life Course, Hardback (November 2002)» View all books by Professor Graham Allan
This collection of essays represents research into changing patterns of family, household and community life. The book explores how these informal social relationships change over time and the life course. It should be useful reading on courses concerned with the family and youth sociology.
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Author Biography - Professor Graham Allan
GRAHAM ALLAN is Reader in Sociology at the University of Southampton. GRAHAM CROW is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton.
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