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




The notion of ‘rationalities’ in family life provides a theoretical approach to how family members make sense of choices and decide what is the right thing to do. In the rationalities framework there are two main approaches: economic rationality (homo economicus) and moral rationalities (homo sociologicus).


The use of ‘rationalities’ to analyse family life assumes that people have choices in their lives, and then seeks to understand how people decide on their choices, such as whether to stay single or marry, whether and when to have children, how to divide responsibilities and resources between men and women. There are two main explanations for how the choices are made in the rationalities framework: rational choice theory and the concept of moral rationalities. Each poses quite a different ...

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