Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

The Life-Course Perspective and Changing Contexts of Families

The life-course perspective and changing contexts of families
MurliDesai

Introduction

Families are an inseparable part of our identity, name, language, ethnicity, religion and nationality. What is this family? Has it always been the same or is it changing? Is it the same everywhere or does it vary in different parts of the world? Is family more important or community or individuals? Is family a source of nurturing and protection from the world's problems or is it a source of the problems?

The major theoretical frameworks that help understand family in an international context are the institutional, structural-functional and ecological frameworks developed by sociologists and anthropologists. Marxist and feminist family theories provide key frameworks that help a critical understanding of family. This ...

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