Hardy, Michael and Crow, Graham
Lone Parenthood - Coping with Constraints and Making Opportunities,
UK, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 224pp.
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Lone Parenthood sets out to explore the nature of the challenge that lone parents present both to conventional thinking about families and to political and academic debates about social policy.
It comprises contributions from a group of authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds which bring together important current research and theory on this major aspect of modern society.
A central theme of the book is the particular difficulties faced by lone parents bringing up their children without a partner in the household. While the authors recognise that individuals have entered lone parenthood through various routes, and have different ways of coping with the problems they may encounter, they also see that lone parents are united by the common experience of having to make their own lives and those of their children without the support of a partner and with limited support from the State.
This timely study of lone-parent households is essential reading for students and researchers of family sociology , the sociology of gender, women's studies and social policy, and professional social, community and voluntary sector workers.
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