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Families in and out of work

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347893.003.0005
Families in and out of work

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This chapter explores the ways in which employment and unemployment affect the support that is exchanged within extended family networks. It has been argued that this support is lessening because of women's increased participation in paid employment and that there is a weakening of the connectedness of local social networks because of increasing occupational and geographical differentiation. There is also considerable debate about the effect of unemployment on families, the association of unemployment with social exclusion, and the moral values guiding choices about participation in paid employment. This chapter begins with a brief overview of this debate before discussing the type of support exchanged within kinship networks and the way it is affected by unemployment.

Keywords: extended family; unemployment; paid employment; social exclusion; kinship networks

Chapter.  9125 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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