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Negotiating Family Responsibilities - Jennifer Mason

Negotiating Family Responsibilities


Published: 29th October 1992
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Negotiating Family Responsibilities provides a major new insight into contemporary family life, particularly kin relationships outside the nuclear family. While many people believe that the real meaning of 'family' has shrunk to the nuclear family household, there is considerable evidence to suggest that relationships with the wider kin group remain an important part of most people's lives.
Based on the findings of a major study of kinship, and including lively verbatim accounts of conversations with family members concepts of responsibility and obligation within family life are examined and the authors expand theories on the nature of assistance within families and argue that it is negotiated over time rather than given automatically.

Understanding Family Responsibilities
Balancing Responsibilities: Dependence and Independence
Negotiating Commitments Over Time
Making Legitimate Excuses
Reputations and Moral Identitiesin the Negotiation of Family Responsibilities
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ISBN: 9780415084079
ISBN-10: 0415084075
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 29th October 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1