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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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Dispersed kin

Dispersed kin

(p.163) Seven Dispersed kin
Families in transition

Nickie Charles

Charlotte Aull Davies

Chris Harris

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the ways in which family practices are modified when kin are geographically dispersed. It discusses the higher value placed on individualism and what could be regarded as the disembedding of kinship networks among some sectors of the middle class. At the same time, place remains important for kinship networks and being together in a particular place is a significant part of family life.

Keywords:   individualism, geographical mobility, kinship networks, family life, disembedding

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