Concern and debate over changes to family life have increased in the last decade, as a result of evolving employment patterns, shifting gender relations and more openness about sexual orientation. Most politicians and researchers have viewed these changes as harmful, suggesting that the family as an institution should not alter. The ‘New’ Family? challenges these dominant views. Leading academics in the field consider current diverse practices in families, and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should be and how they actually are, illustrating the need for a broader definition of family.

Transforming Housewifery: Dispositions, Practices and Technologies

Transforming Housewifery: Dispositions, Practices and Technologies

Transforming housewifery: Dispositions, practices and technologies
Elizabeth B.Silva

The separate location of the genders that was the basis of the breadwinner and homemaker model of the family has increasingly been challenged, both in practice and theory. It is no longer taken for granted that everyday structures of living simply result from pre-established and naturally pre-ordained models of family and work. Recent feminist theory has discussed this within a framework of a reconceptualization of care which focuses on the social devaluation of care-givers and care-giving both inside and outside the family. This new framework has been developed in the work of Joan Tronto (1993). She puts forward a broad political argument for change in the structures of power and privilege that have ...

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