Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.
Care refers to both a set of feelings and a set of activities and resources, concerned with supportive relationships, ranging from close family members to strangers.
There is a complex connection between the concepts of ‘family’ and ‘care’, and between academic work on care and caring, and family studies. Family is often taken for granted as a key site of care, involving relationships of love, support and nurture. Feminist writers in particular have argued that family, care and gender are interconnected dimensions of social life that need to be disentangled. They opened up the study of [Page 18]care as a socially constructed, rather than a ‘natural’, set of activities, entailing considerable work and effort. In European and New World societies, the issue of care has become ...