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




Biological approaches to family life, and use of the terminology of blood kinship, emphasize the role of genetic inheritance and motivations in how people behave and feel towards each other.


‘Biology’ generally refers to the structure, function, evolution, and other aspects of living organisms. Theories that build on biological approaches vary in how far they emphasize the determining role of biology, and how far they incorporate or subsume the social aspects of human lives, including families. Theories such as eugenics, socio-biology, and neo-Darwinist evolutionary psychology are not exactly the same, but share a general view of biology as destiny, thus fore-grounding the significance of human bodies.

Eugenics, which came to the fore in Western Europe and the USA in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, ...

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