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.

Politics, Policies and Practices

Politics, policies and practices
  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Policies and Families' Forms and Functions

    • Family Policy – New Kid on the Block?
    • How do Policies Deliver Benefits to Families?
    • Policy Approaches to Different Family Forms
    • Evidence-Based Policy
  • Families in Action

    • Families and Social Cohesion
    • Families and Social Breakdown
    • Beyond Stereotypes
  • Families and the Welfare State

    • The Relationship Between Politics and Policies
  • Services and Practices

    • Types of Services
  • Summary
  • Explore Further

Keywords: policy, family policies, politics, addressing change, transnational labour migration, service provision


Families and their practices are of pressing importance to politics and the development of policies because, ...

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