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.

Relationships and Sexualities

Relationships and sexualities
  • Introduction
  • Let's Get Together: Marriage and Cohabitation

    • Universality of Marriage and Partnering
    • Definition of Partnering – How do People Partner?
    • Diversity in Partnering Arrangements
    • Cohabitation
  • Same-Sex Couples and Families

    • Children Raised by Same-Sex Couples
  • Moving Apart: Breakdown and Divorce

    • Why do Relationships Break Down?
    • What Changes After Divorce and What Stays the Same?
  • Being Together and Living Apart: Solo Living, Friendships and Social Networks

    • ‘Coupleness’ Outside of Cohabitation
    • Why Else do People Live Alone?
    • Beyond the Family – Friendships
    • Social Networks
  • Communities and Neighbourhoods

    • The Effects of Neighbourhoods and Communities on Families
  • Sexualized Societies
  • Enduring Relationships: Generating Histories

    • Enduring Intimacy
  • Summary
  • Explore Further

Keywords: marriage, emotions, same-sex relationships, civil ...

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