Looking at how the family is represented by the media, and by scrutinizing the manner in which it is regulated, this book uncovers the ways in which academic research and welfare policy have colluded with political rhetoric and the popular media to re-invent a mythical ideal family. Representing the Family: combines perspectives from a range of theories including media and cultural studies, sociology, and social history to show how certain types of family life are pathologised; highlights the discrepancies between contemporary representations of the "ideal" family and lived experience; and compares the British experience with that of the United States and Australia.
Chapter 3: The ‘Golden Age’ of the Modern Family?
The ‘Golden Age’ of the Modern Family?
In post-war western anglophone nations such as Britain, the United States and Australia, ideas about sexuality, intimate relationships, living arrangements, reproduction and the socialisation of children were shaped by key discourses that promoted a static, nuclear version of family. These discourses are identifiable in a range of ‘expert’ and popular accounts. They had a profound influence on ideas and values surrounding the construction and fixing of a twentieth-century white, English-speaking ideal, in terms of the correct way to ‘be a family’, to live and perform familism in respect of a whole range of everyday cultural practices. In a recent edition of the BBC's Radio Times, which celebrated the official 100th birthday of ...