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Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People

Ribbens McCarthy, Jane; Hooper, Carol-Ann and Gillies, Val eds. (2013). Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People. Bristol: The Policy Press.

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As the everyday family lives of children and young people come to be increasingly defined as matters of public policy and concern, it is important to raise the question of how we can understand the contested terrain between "normal" family troubles and troubled and troubling families. In this important, timely and thought-provoking publication, a wide range of contributors explore how” troubles” feature in “normal" families, and how the “normal" features in “troubled” families. Drawing on research on a wide range of substantive topics - including infant care, sibling conflict, divorce, disability, illness, migration and asylum-seeking, substance misuse, violence, kinship care, and forced marriage - the authors aim to promote dialogue between researchers addressing mainstream family change and diversity in everyday lives, and those specialising in specific problems which prompt professional interventions. In tackling these contentious and difficult issues across a variety of topics, the book addresses a wide audience, , including policy makers, service users and practitioners, as well as family studies scholars more generally who are interested in issues of family change.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Policy Press
ISBN: 1-4473-0443-8, 978-1-4473-0443-2
Keywords: families; children; family policy; young people; family troubles,
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 34558
Depositing User: Jane Ribbens McCarthy
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 12:52
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:53
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