1st Edition

Researching Families and Communities Social and Generational Change

Edited By Rosalind Edwards Copyright 2008
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.