Families, Relationships and Intimate Life

Paperback | December 18, 2014

byDeborah Dempsey, Jo Lindsay

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Families, Relationships and Intimate Life, Second Edition is a thorough exploration of the controversies, contradictions and broad patterns that characterise contemporary relationships and families. Beginning with the conceptual scaffolding of families in their historical and cultural contextthis text includes the key cultural differences of ethnicity, class and sexuality. Theoretical perspectives including functionalism, feminist approaches and reflexive modernisation are also clearly outlined. Once the groundwork has been established this book delves into examining the complexity ofcontemporary family life, covering key elements in the life course - childhood, youth, partnering, parenting and ageing and both the positive and negative sides of family life including intimacy and violence.

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Families, Relationships and Intimate Life, Second Edition is a thorough exploration of the controversies, contradictions and broad patterns that characterise contemporary relationships and families. Beginning with the conceptual scaffolding of families in their historical and cultural contextthis text includes the key cultural differen...

Deborah Dempsey - Senior Lecturer, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Swinburne University. Jo Lindsay - Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Monash University and President of the Australian Sociological Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.65 × 6.69 × 0.01 inPublished:December 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195525647

ISBN - 13:9780195525649

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Relationships and Families Over Time3. Diversity in Families and Relationships4. Sociological Perspectives on Relationships and Families5. Young People, Relationships and Sexuality6. Love, Commitment and Marriage7. Relating Beyond the Cohabiting Couple Household8. Fertility, Technology and Family Change9. Parenting, Children and Childcare10. Families and Labour11. Separation, Divorce and Reconstituted Families12. Violence in Intimate relationships13. Ageing, Care and Intergenerational Relationships14. Conclusion: New Families, New Relationships?