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Families in society: Boundaries and relationships

Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley


Acknowledging the increasing diversity and complexity of families, this book proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding families and other relationships that both challenges and attempts to reconcile traditional and contemporary approaches. Using the notion of ‘boundaries’, the book shifts thinking from ‘families as entities’ to ‘families as relationship processes’. Emphasising the processes that underlie boundary construction and reconstruction suggests that the key to understanding family life is the process of relationship formation. The ideas of entity, boundary, margins and hyb ... More

Keywords: families, boundaries, family life, entity, boundary, margins, hybridity, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9781861346438
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda McKie, editor

Sarah Cunningham-Burley, editor

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One Families and relationships: boundaries and bridges

Linda McKie, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, and John H. McKendrick

Two Balancing work and family life: mothers’ views

Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Kathryn Backett-Milburn, and Debbie Kemmer

Four Families, education and the ‘participatory imperative’

Janet Shucksmith, Lorna McKee, and Helen Willmot

Seven Children managing parental drug and alcohol misuse: challenging parent—child boundaries

Angus Bancroft, Sarah Wilson, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Hugh Masters, and Kathryn Backett-Milburn


Fifteen Perspectives on social policies and families

Fran Wasoff, and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

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