Family Studies: An Introduction by Jon Bernardes

By Jon Bernardes

Designed to be used on introductory sociology classes, kinfolk reports is the 1st united kingdom textual content e-book within the topic. each one bankruptcy is designed to paintings as a person devices of analysis in a path at the family members.

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This can most obviously be seen in media images and in the pronouncements of moral and political leaders on divorce, violence, parenting and so on (see Durham, 1991). Studying human societies involves formidable difficulties of accurate measurement, as in the natural sciences. When you add language, creativity, the ability to shape the environment with tools, then, clearly, human societies are far more complex than any natural scientific phenomenon. It is important, then, to realise that the challenge of theorising family living is considerable.

Family poverty In a 1993 conference paper, Stitt and Grant quoted Rowntree himself (writing in 1901): ‘That in this land of abounding wealth, during a time of perhaps unexampled prosperity, [so many people] are living in poverty is a fact which may well cause great searching of heart’ (1993, p. 25). Stitt and Grant find that ‘in Britain in the 1990s, more people are living in absolute poverty than at any other time over the last 100 years’. In terms of Primary Food Poverty (the percentage of families with children spending less than the estimate of minimum weekly food needs) across Europe, Grant and Stitt (1994, p.

The point to grasp is that family life relates to our own sense of ‘who we are’ and how we ‘fit into’ the lives of others. Critical analysis of family lives inevitably involves examining our beliefs about ourselves (which we usually call reality), our beliefs about others (which we often call ideology), our position in society (location) and the nature of society itself (or social structure). Modernist theorising: ‘the family’ The bulk of family theory is North American, especially from the United States itself.

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