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.

Families and Work

Families and work
  • Introduction
  • Defining and Explaining Work

    • Underemployment and Unemployment
    • Boundaries: Paid and Unpaid Work
  • The Global Context

    • Survival and Longevity: The Challenge to Work
    • Decent Work and Rural Employment
  • Relationships and Resources

    • Acquiring and Allocating Resources
    • Gender and Resources
  • Unpaid Work

    • Gender Roles and Unpaid Work
    • Quantifying and Valuing Unpaid Work
    • Vital but Subordinate
  • Family Practices and Work

    • Policy, Politics and Families
    • Explaining Preferences and Choices
    • Migrant Domestic Workers
  • Summary
  • Explore Further

Keywords: paid work, unpaid work, domestic labour, poverty, gender, policy, transnational migration


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