1st Edition

Making a Go of It A Study of Stepfamilies in Sheffield

By Jacqueline Burgoyne, David Clark Copyright 1984

    Originally published in 1984, Making a Go of It presents findings from a study of remarried couples in Sheffield between 1976 and 1979. Including case studies from the families involved, it also discusses marriage as a social institution and some of the main theoretical and methodological issues which bear upon the study of family and domestic life. It was hoped that the book would be interesting and accessible to remarried couples themselves as well as to members of those occupations who have a ‘professional’ interest in families of all kinds. Still a useful resource, today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    Preface.  1. The Theory and Practice of Remarriage  2. A Natural History of the Research Project  3. The Private Troubles of the Remarried  4. Stepfamilies in the Public Sphere  5. Parents, Stepparents and Children  6. The Private Troubles and Public Issues of Stepfamilies: Problems and Interrelationships.  Appendix 1: Life Histories.  Appendix 2: Aides Memoires.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index.


    Jacqueline Burgoyne and David Clark