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Why it is important to retain 'family' as a sociological concept

Why it is important to retain 'family' as a sociological concept
Why it is important to retain 'family' as a sociological concept
Over recent years sociological discussion has seen a shift away from use of the term ‘family’, particularly in research that focuses on how family members understand their relationships, activities together, and responsibilities. There is a move to reorient the concept of family within broader ideas of ‘personal life’, ‘intimacy’ and ‘kinship’. In this article, I reflect on why this conceptual shift is occurring and consider the consequences for sociology’s ability to capture institutional conventions and everyday experiences, and for a critical engagement with policy debates in the families field.
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Edwards, Rosalind
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Edwards, Rosalind
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Edwards, Rosalind (2014) Why it is important to retain 'family' as a sociological concept. The Sociology Teacher, 3 (3), 18-21.

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Over recent years sociological discussion has seen a shift away from use of the term ‘family’, particularly in research that focuses on how family members understand their relationships, activities together, and responsibilities. There is a move to reorient the concept of family within broader ideas of ‘personal life’, ‘intimacy’ and ‘kinship’. In this article, I reflect on why this conceptual shift is occurring and consider the consequences for sociology’s ability to capture institutional conventions and everyday experiences, and for a critical engagement with policy debates in the families field.

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Published date: July 2014
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 367897
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367897
PURE UUID: 7fb8a1e1-3ad6-4a62-9c39-9507930357a8
ORCID for Rosalind Edwards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3512-9029

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Date deposited: 28 Aug 2014 13:55
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:32

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