Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Families and Households

Families and households


The changing nature of the family in Western societies has come under much critical scrutiny. Moralists, the media and politicians profess anxiety about family breakdown, incompetent lone mothers, feckless fathers and the wayward children they are likely to produce. Academics and researchers have attempted to adapt their definitions and theoretical frameworks in order more accurately to account for and understand the transformations in family forms and relationships which are taking place. Although little agreement on these issues seems to be emerging, it is possible to chart the trends and kinds of analyses which are at the forefront of discussion and debate.

This chapter presents an overview of work on the family/household which has taken place during the second half of the twentieth ...

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