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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Representing family troubles through the 20th century

Representing family troubles through the 20th century

(p.35) Chapter Three Representing family troubles through the 20th century
Family troubles?

Janet Fink

Policy Press

This chapter gives an overview regarding the historiography of work on family troubles, before embarking on an exploration of the specific historical contexts of children’s family troubles as represented in popular culture across the 20th century in Britain. The author pursues this exploration through two films and one television series that spoke strongly to concerns of their audiences at the time. By placing these sources firmly in their temporal contexts - including contemporary welfare policies and economic circumstances - Fink is able to show how the meanings of family troubles get worked through, and sometimes reframed, at different points in time. In turn, Fink argues that an underpinning emphasis in the defining of family troubles in Britain throughout the 20th century has been the normative persistence of a particular version of family and the stigmatization of those outside it, along with the prevalence of troubles, even though these may be silenced in some historical circumstances.

Keywords:   Family troubles, Children, Popular culture, History, Families

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