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Families in transitionSocial change, family formation and kin relationships$
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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

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What is the future for the family?

What is the future for the family?

Chapter:
(p.212) (p.213) Nine What is the future for the family?
Source:
Families in transition
Author(s):

Nickie Charles

Charlotte Aull Davies

Chris Harris

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347893.003.0009

This chapter draws together the findings of this study and discusses their policy implications, returning to the theoretical debates of and evaluating them in the light of the findings. The discussion pays attention to change and continuity in family practices since 1960 and the ways in which they are influenced by class, culture, gender, and place. The chapter begins by looking at changes in the welfare state and family policies between 1960 and 2002, exploring how they relate to and are affected by the ways in which families have changed over the same period. Then, it discusses the main findings, drawing out their implications for policy and, in particular, for debates about social capital and social exclusion. It also explores the theoretical and conceptual implications of the findings and of the way in which the baseline study and the restudy conceptualise social change.

Keywords:   family practices, family change, welfare state, social capital, social exclusion, social change

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