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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, friends and communities

Families, friends and communities

(p.186) (p.187) Eight Families, friends and communities
Families in transition

Nickie Charles

Charlotte Aull Davies

Chris Harris

Policy Press

This chapter argues that the increase in single-person households is not necessarily an indication of choice and that the relative decrease in households consisting of a heterosexual couple with or without dependent children cannot unproblematically be taken as an indication of increasing individualisation and the decline of the family. The chapter also explores the nature of family and community in contemporary Swansea, in terms of both social networks and social capital, and the extent to which all families are to some extent families of choice.

Keywords:   single-person households, household composition, individualization, Swansea, social networks, social capital

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