'The family' is a subject of enormous academic, political and popular interest. It is a central feature of most people's lives, the framework within which other relationships, activities and events take place. This unique study provides important new insights into the dynamics of Britain's social and economic life - in family structures and relationships; in employment and household incomes; in housing, health and political affiliations. Most previous research has been limited to measuring an individual or family's position only at the time of the interview. This book presents a clearer picture by following the important events in people's lives, such as starting work, getting married, or falling into poverty. It reviews existing findings and presents new analyses of data from the British Household Panel Survey. The same 10,000 adults (in 5,000 households) have been interviewed every year between 1991 and 1997. Seven years in the lives of British families is a collaboration between members of the University of Essex's Institute for Social and Economic Research. Each of the authors is an expert in the field, but the work has been presented in an easy-to-read style to make these important research findings widely accessible. The book will be read by policy makers and all with an interest in the dynamics of modern society, as well as by academic sociologists, economists and demographers.
"This book successfully achieves its objectives of bringing the findings of the British Househld survey to the attention of as wide an audience as possible. Its easily accessible style makes it absorbing reading for the layman and specialist alike, whilst its succinct argument and wide-ranging data and references make it an essential source for all those with an interest in the dynamics of modern society" Social Policy Focus vol 1,no.1 "... a key text for data on the relationship between households and social change in the last decades of the twentieth century." Work, Employment & Society
Introduction: the dynamics of social change Richard Berthoud; Patterns of household and family formation John Ermisch and Marco Francesconi; Couples, work and money Heather Laurie and Jonathan Gershuny; Work, non-work, jobs and job mobility Mark Taylor; Dynamics of household incomes Stephen P Jenkins; Housing, location and residential mobility Nick Buck; A measure of changing health Richard Berthoud; Political values: a family matter? Malcolm Brynin; Seven years in the lives of British families Richard Berthoud and Jonathan Gershuny.