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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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Families and cultural identity

Families and cultural identity

(p.80) (p.81) Four Families and cultural identity
Families in transition

Nickie Charles

Charlotte Aull Davies

Chris Harris

Policy Press

This chapter explores the relationship between family practices, cultural identity, and cultural reproduction, investigating the symbolic importance of a particular type of ‘traditional’ family for diverse cultural groups and the continuing importance of family as a source of identity which endures over time and is linked to place. It explores these relationships and how they have changed over the past 40 years. It discusses the way class and cultural identities relate to four ethnographic areas and the different patterns of family formation which characterise them.

Keywords:   family practices, cultural identity, cultural reproduction, family relationships, ethnicity

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