Families, friends and communities

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:
Families, friends and communities

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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

Chapter.  10373 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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