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Comparative Approaches

Comparative approaches


Comparative approaches study families across varying contexts, such as different societies, cultures, regions, neighbourhoods or historical periods.


Studies of family forms and lives across different time or space contexts may include comparing families in a contemporary society with the same society at an earlier historical period, or comparing families in different regions within one contemporary society. Or the comparisons could be broader, looking at family lives within or across continents, for example. Comparisons can also take account of diversity within a family form. For example, one study investigated lone mothers' uptake of paid work by comparing, firstly, the views of different social groups of lone mothers on the basis of race, class and culture, as well as the type of neighbourhood in which they ...

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