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Family Life in Western Societies : A Historical Sociology of Family Relationships in Britain and North America - J. E. Goldthorpe

Family Life in Western Societies

A Historical Sociology of Family Relationships in Britain and North America

Paperback Published: 6th July 1987
ISBN: 9780521337526
Number Of Pages: 296

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This book was first published in 1987, offering a masterly review and synthesis of the available literature on family life in western societies. This book presents a distinctive approach to family sociology, focusing on two related questions: Why did we have the kind of family life we did when we did? and why did we have the kind of sociology of family life we did when we did? Goldthorpe employs a doubly historical perspective in which both 'family life', as opposed to 'the family', and sociological thought about family life, are alike seen as processes in time and in relation to each other. He draws on earlier sociological studies which he uses as historical evidence both for more recent changes in family life and for the evolution of sociological thought on the family. Meticulous in presenting both sides of controversies in family studies, and forthright in taking a clear position on all of them, Goldthorpe challenges many widely held preconceptions about family life. The book assumes little previous knowledge of sociology, and is easily accessible to students and other readers interested in understanding this fundamental aspect of human experience.

First principles
Family life in the past: continuity and change in four revolutions
Maternal care and maternal deprivation
Sociological models of western family life in the 1950s
Criticisms and critics of the 1950s models
Family life and mental illness, especially schizophrenia
Exogamy and the avoidance of incest
Age-mates and adolescent socialisation
Women in employment
Careers and couples
Social class, social mobility and family life
Family life among ethnic minorities
Marital adjustment, marital breakdown and divorce
Departures and rejections
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ISBN: 9780521337526
ISBN-10: 0521337526
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 6th July 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44