Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Families in transitionSocial change, family formation and kin relationships$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Nickie Charles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347893

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347893.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Understanding families and social change

Understanding families and social change

Chapter:
(p.xvi) (p.1) One Understanding families and social change
Source:
Families in transition
Author(s):

Nickie Charles

Charlotte Aull Davies

Chris Harris

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347893.003.0001

This is a book about families and how they have changed since 1960. One way of investigating family change is by means of a restudy. This chapter examines different ways of theorising social change, exploring particularly how changing gender relations and patterns of family formation are seen as a fundamental aspect of social change. It develops a critique of these conceptualisations which is both theoretical and based on empirical research on families and kinship. In 1960, the social networks within which families were embedded were distinguished as either close knit or loose knit, they were gendered, had women at their heart and involved trust and shared norms and values. The difference between this and conceptions of social capital is that social capital is seen as a resource, whereas in the 1950s and 1960s, social networks were understood primarily in terms of solidarity.

Keywords:   social change, family change, gender relations, kinship, social capital

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.