Changing families

Nickie Charles, Charlotte Aull Davies and Chris Harris

in Families in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781861347893
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302308 | DOI:
Changing families

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This chapter describes how patterns of family formation and kin relationships have changed between 1960 and 2002, showing that there is more differentiation within families than there was in 1960 and that there is greater geographical mobility. Despite this, there are still very high levels of contact between members of families living in different households and there is little evidence of disembedding processes except among the most geographically mobile section of the middle class. The discussion looks at extended family networks, the extent to which they form kin groups, and their increased heterogeneity in terms of residence and occupation.

Keywords: family formation; kin relations; disembedding; home sharing; extended family

Chapter.  9974 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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