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Family within and beyond the household boundary: children’s constructions of who they live with

Helen Sweeting and Peter Seaman

in Families in society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346438
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.003.0006
Family within and beyond the household boundary: children’s constructions of who they live with

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This chapter presents data from two studies that illustrate the complexity of decisions in respect of whether or not certain individuals form part of ‘the family’. In order to explore this, it considers non-resident birth fathers. It examines problems faced by those researchers who seek to place ‘families’ in categories. It clarifies key themes, including the difficulty of defining family and family boundaries, as potentially represented by the material space of household. It also contends that almost all studies with a focus on family structure tend to ignore the potential importance of parents and parenting relationships out with the household.

Keywords: family boundaries; household space; fathers; family structure; parenting relationships

Chapter.  5783 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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