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Anne Power

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420503.001.0001

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Families matter – mothers carry the weight

Families matter – mothers carry the weight

(p.67) Four Families matter – mothers carry the weight
City survivors

Anne Power

Policy Press

This chapter explores family life, which is the foundation of all social life and therefore of our ability to survive in communities and neighbourhoods. It observes that the four families in this chapter experience strong pressures from surrounding problems. It notes that each mother, in different ways, has her share of family troubles as well, and helping their children grow up happily is the major preoccupation of the mothers. It also shows how small a role most fathers play in directly caring for the children and family care, in the main, is a role most mothers accept unquestioningly. It observes that working mothers feel torn between their children's need for their time and their need for more money. It notes that one of the London families moved away during the course of the study and a Northern mother desperately wanted to do the same.

Keywords:   family life, social life, communities, mothers, children, fathers, family care, London families, money

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