Generational ties in the 'new' family: changing contexts for traditional obligations

Bornat, Joanna; Dimmock, B; Jones, D and Peace, Sheila (1999). Generational ties in the 'new' family: changing contexts for traditional obligations. In: Silva, Elizabeth B. and Smart, Carol eds. The new family? London: Sage, pp. 115–128.

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Abstract

Concern and debate over changes to family life have increased in the last decade, as a result of evolving employment patterns, shifting gender relations and more openness about sexual orientation. Most politicians and researchers have viewed these changes as harmful, suggesting that the family as an institution should not alter.

The `New' Family? challenges these dominant views. Leading academics in the field consider current diverse practices in families, and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should be and how they actually are, illustrating the need for a broader definition of family. This book shows the need to take fluidity and change in family arrangements seriously, rather than simply seeing change as dangerous and undesirable.

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