Families are at the core of our society. Our experience of them affects many aspects of our everyday lives shaping our expectations and future plans.

Written by field experts this clear, engaging book adopts a global perspective to usefully examine how modern families can be explored and understood. Packed with critical pedagogy, including case-studies, think points, key words and a glossary, it guides students through topics such as relationships, sexualities and paid and unpaid work.

The book also:

Applies key social theories from classical sociological theory and contemporary analysis; Examines best practice for researching families and family life; Explores the role of government policies and practices

This comprehensive introduction to the study of families and relationships is a timely resource for students and lecturers working across the social sciences.


  • Structures, Processes and Strategies
  • Family or Families?
  • Families in History
  • The Families We Live with, the Families We Live By
  • The Contents of the Book
  • Summary
  • Explore Further

Keywords: family structures, process, global strategies, history, idealizations, realties

Welcome to Understanding Families: A Global Introduction. Our subject matter is one all readers have experiences to draw upon and many will do so with a range of powerful and often conflicting emotions. All of ...

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