Farewell to family? Notes on an argument for retaining the concept

Edwards, Rosalind and Gillies, Val (2012) Farewell to family? Notes on an argument for retaining the concept Families, Relationships and Societies, 1, (1), pp. 63-69. (doi:10.1332/204674312X633162).


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Recent conceptual and in-depth research discussions have seen a shift away from use of the term ‘family’, towards ideas focusing on personal life, intimacy and kinship. In these Notes we argue for retention of the concept, we consider the implications of this conceptual withdrawal in terms of family researchers’ ability to engage with how families are invoked in ever-intensifying ways in the public political, and the importance of being able to address how this interacts with and shapes everyday family lives and experiences.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1332/204674312X633162
ISSNs: 2046-7435 (print)
Keywords: family, personal life, intimacy, kinship, family policy
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology
ePrint ID: 336422
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March 2012Published
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 11:26
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:22
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336422

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