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What is the future for the family?

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/9781861347893.003.0009
What is the future for the family?

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This chapter draws together the findings of this study and discusses their policy implications, returning to the theoretical debates of and evaluating them in the light of the findings. The discussion pays attention to change and continuity in family practices since 1960 and the ways in which they are influenced by class, culture, gender, and place. The chapter begins by looking at changes in the welfare state and family policies between 1960 and 2002, exploring how they relate to and are affected by the ways in which families have changed over the same period. Then, it discusses the main findings, drawing out their implications for policy and, in particular, for debates about social capital and social exclusion. It also explores the theoretical and conceptual implications of the findings and of the way in which the baseline study and the restudy conceptualise social change.

Keywords: family practices; family change; welfare state; social capital; social exclusion; social change

Chapter.  8927 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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