Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.

Introduction

Introduction

Introducing Family Studies – What This Book is about

Family studies is a broad and fascinating area. In this book, we set out to offer what we hope is a thoughtful overview of the key concepts through which family lives may be explored, and to provide clear and even-handed signposts to the main debates at stake in many of these concepts, and associated readings. As an area of academic interest, however, family studies is not easy to define, not least because the core term ‘family’ has become a matter of considerable controversy and dispute.

Although the word itself continues to be widely evident and generally unquestioned in everyday lives as well as in political debates and professional practices, researchers may ponder how to use it, or ...

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