Unpacking ‘family troubles’, care and relationality across time and space

Evans, Ruth; Bowlby, Sophie; Gottzén, Lucas and Ribbens McCarthy, Jane (2019). Unpacking ‘family troubles’, care and relationality across time and space. Children's Geographies, 17(5) pp. 501–513.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1655139


Despite significant work on family geographies in recent years, geographers have paid less attention to changes and challenges that may be considered 'family troubles' in diverse contexts. Through this editorial and the special section, we unpack time-space dynamics of ‘family troubles’ in diverse contexts, with a particular focus on care and relationality. Our discussion foregrounds ambiguities and tensions surrounding geographical proximity and propinguity, material-emotional responses, and diverse meanings of ‘family’, ‘home’ and belonging in the context of troubling changes in family lives, intergenerational relations and practices of care. We seek to establish an agenda for future geographical work and interdisciplinary dialogue on ‘family troubles’, vulnerabilities and social suffering in contexts of (troubling) changes and diversity. Such analyses are crucial in our efforts to envision a more relational understanding of our ‘being-in-the-world’, underpinned by care ethics and support for differentially positioned family members throughout the lifecourse and across generations.

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