In this accessible and engagingly written book, Vanessa May invites readers into the rich world of thought, research and study of ...
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In this accessible and engagingly written book, Vanessa May invites readers into the rich world of thought, research and study of the highly diverse phenomenon of families and family life. The book explores what is and has been understood by 'family' in different sociocultural contexts and how family life intersects with social spheres such as the state, the labour market and the economy. Alongside broad social developments such as (post)colonialism and austerity and their connections with changing family patterns, the book engages interdisciplinary work on time, embodiment and materiality in order to offer a multidimensional perspective on the day-to-day lives of families. Drawing from research in the Global North and the Global South, the text carefully considers how people approach the study of families and thus offers insight into the shape of mainstream family studies today.The book offers a timely intervention in current debates within family studies and suggests avenues of investigation that deserve further attention and will be an invaluable resource to students and scholars alike.
Vanessa May is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester.
1 Introduction 2 Cultural Variation in Family Forms 3 Conceptualizing 'Family' in Euro-American Research 4 Governing Families 5 The Embodied and Material Dimensions of Family Life 6 Families Located in and Moving through Space 7 Families in Time 8 Conclusion