Changing Britain: Families and Households in the 1990s

Paperback | November 4, 1999

EditorSusan McRae

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Major changes have happened in households and people's lives in most countries in the developed world. Marriage rates have fallen, divorce has risen, women are having fewer children and later in life, and there has been a rise in childbearing outside marriage. One in four families is headed bya lone parent. We are all getting older. These changes have significance that goes beyond the individual families-with implications for housing demand, social security benefits, labour force participation, health, and social services. Changing Britain provides a comprehensive portrait of British families and households at the end of the 20th Century. The book examines more generally the nature of economic and labour market change, Britain's place in Europe, and changing attitudes towards family life. Specifically, the book alsodeals with issues such as; older people's lives; non-heterosexual families; one-person households; young mothers and single parents; and divorce.

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Major changes have happened in households and people's lives in most countries in the developed world. Marriage rates have fallen, divorce has risen, women are having fewer children and later in life, and there has been a rise in childbearing outside marriage. One in four families is headed bya lone parent. We are all getting older. Th...

Susan McRae is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 4, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296371

ISBN - 13:9780198296379

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Table of Contents

Susan McRae: IntroductionI: BRITAIN IN CONTEXTDavid Coleman and Tarani Chabdola: Britain's Place in Europe's PopulationJacqueline Scott: Family Change: Revolution or Backlash in Attitudes?Mike Murphy and Duolao Wang: Forecasting British Families into the twenty-first centuryII: KINSHIP IN THE 1990sFrancis McGlone, Alison Park, and Ceridwen Roberts: Kinship and Friendship: Attitudes and Behaviour in Britain, 1986-1995Jennifer Mason: Living away from Relatives: Kinship and Geographical ReasoningThe Transitional Character of Caribbean Kinship in BritainIII: OLDER PEOPLE'S LIVESEmily Grundy: Household and Family Change in Mid and Later Life in England and WalesChris Phillipson, Miriam Bernard, Judith Phillips, and Jim Ogg: Older People in Three Urban Areas: Household Ccomposition, Kinship, and Social NetworksJoanna Bornat, Brian Dimmock, David Jones, and Sheila Peace: The Impact of Family Change on Older People: the Case of the StepfamiliesIV: NEW WAYS OF LIVINGRay Hall, Philip E. Ogden, and Catherine Hill: Living Alone: Evidence from England and Wales and France for the last two decadesJeffrey Weeks, Brian Heaphy, and Catherine Donovan: Families of Choice: Autonomy and Mutuality in Non-heterosexual RelationshipsV: YOUNG MOTHERHOODKaye Wellings and Jane Wadsworth: Family Influences on Teenage FertilityIsobel Allen and Shirley Bourke Dowling, with Heather Rolfe: Teenage Mothers: Decisions and OutcomesRichard Nerthoud, Stephern McKay, and Karen Rowlingson: Becoming a Single MotherVI: DIVOUCE AND AFTERKathleen Kiernan and Ganka Mueller: Who Divorces?Jonathan Bradshaw, Carol Stimson, Julie Williams, and Christine Skinner: Non-resident Fathers in BritainRobin Flowerdew, Alaa Al-Hamad, and Lynn Hayes: The Residential Mobility of Divorces