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

Public and Private

Public and private


In relation to families, public and private are often used to refer to a distinction between worlds of work and home, or between the state and domestic family life.


Social scientists vary as to whether, and how far, they see the terms public and private as mutually dependent, and how to define them. Their meanings are complex, not least because they may be invoked in different contexts of debate. Public and private, for example, may be used to distinguish between public (State) and private (non-State) ownership of companies, or the public may refer to the activities of the state while the private refers to activities of economic or other formal organizations outside of the state. In relation to families, the distinction ...

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