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




A household is a physical structure that can contain an individual or a social group that may or may not be considered a family, who co-reside, usually involving sleeping under the same roof and typically sharing a range of domestic activities. Thus, the concept of household directs attention towards everyday practical living arrangements.


The term ‘household’ commonly refers to a physical structure that houses or provides shelter for people. Household is also strongly linked to the notion of home in popular ideas, and the place where families are likely to be located, and yet the terms ‘family’ and ‘household’ each raise quite different conceptual and analytic questions. In the UK and the USA today, the majority of households contain family members who are living together, ...

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