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Researching Families and Communities

Social and Generational Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Rosalind Edwards


224 pages

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Recent years have seen a concern with how family and community relationships have changed across the generations, whether for better or worse, and particularly how they have been affected by social and economic developments. But how can we think about and research the nature of the present in relation to the past and vice versa?

Researching Families and Communities: Social and Generational Change explores the concepts and perspectives that guide research and the methods used to explore change during the last half of the twentieth century and into the new millennium. It highlights the complexities of continuities alongside change, the importance of the perspectives that shape investigation, and the need to engage with situated data. This edited text includes contributions from experts in their field who:

  • address these overarching trends
  • explore the possibilities and practice of secondary analysis or replication studies, as well as longitudinal large scale data sets
  • discuss varied aspects of family and community life, including sexuality, ethnicity, parenting resources, older people, intergenerational family life, solo living and many others.

This book will appeal to academics and students interested in family and community across a range of social science disciplines, and to those in the social research field.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Rosalind Edwards 2. Thinking about families and communities over time - Graham Crow 3. Are community studies still ‘good to think with’? - David H.J. Morgan 4. Rewriting sexuality and history - Jeffrey Weeks 5. Families in Black and minority ethnic communities and social capital: past and continuing false prophesies in social studies - Harry Goulbourne 6. Secondary analysis in investigating family change: exploring substantive and conceptual questions - Val Gillies 7. Recycling the evidence: different approaches to the reanalysis of elite life histories - Joanna Bornat and Gail Wilson 8. The family and social change revisited - Nickie Charles, Charlotte Davies and Chris Harris 9. Capturing locality change: the family and community life of older people - Chris Phillipson 10. The UK Millennium Cohort Study: the circumstances of early motherhood - Denise Hawkes 11. Using longitudinal data to examine living alone in England and Wales: 1971-2001 - Malcolm Williams, Moira Maconachie, Lawrence Ware, Joan Chandler and Brian Dodgeon 12. From Educational Priority Areas to area-based interventions: community, neighbourhood and preschool - Teresa Smith

About the Editor

Rosalind Edwards is Professor in Social Policy and Director of the Families & Social Capital Research Group at London South Bank University. She has researched and published widely in the field of family studies.

About the Series

Relationships and Resources

A key contemporary political and intellectual issue is the link between the relationships that people have and the resources to which they have access.  When people share a sense of identity, hold similar values, trust each other and reciprocally do things for each other, this has an impact on the social, political and economic cohesion of the society in which they live.  So, are changes in contemporary society leading to deterioration in the link between relationships and resources, or new and innovative forms of linking, or merely the reproduction of enduring inequalities? Consideration of relationships and resources raises key theoretical and empirical issues around change and continuity over time as well as time use, the consequences of globalisation and individualisation for intimate and broader social relations, and location and space in terms of communities and neighbourhoods.  The books in this series are concerned with elaborating these issues and form a body of work that will contribute to academic and political debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family