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

Family Change and Continuity

Family change and continuity


Issues of family change and continuity draw attention to major debates about trends and patterns in the nature of family lives and relationships.


Much of the contemporary debate about family in European and New World societies centres on the idea that there has been unprecedented change in families since industrialization and into the twenty-first century. One perspective on family change is that it is a response to the changing needs of wider social systems, most notably the needs of economies. From this approach, families are positioned between micro and macro levels of society, with family change being driven by broader change at the macro level. An alternative possibility is that the accumulation of individual- and family-based decisions has effects ...

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