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Dispersed kin

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/9781861347893.003.0007
Dispersed kin

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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

Chapter.  8738 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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