224 pages | 5 B/W Illus.
When situated in the wider European context, ‘the Irish family’ has undergone a process of profound transformation and rapid change in very recent decades. Recent data cites a significant increase in one parent households and a high non-marital birth rate for instance alongside the emergence of cohabitation, divorce, same sex families and reconstituted families. At the same time, the majority of children in Ireland still live in a two-parent family based on marriage and the divorce rate in Ireland is comparatively lower than other European countries. 21st century family life is, in reality, characterised by continuity and change in the Irish context.
This book seeks to understand, interpret and theorise family life in Ireland by providing a detailed analysis of historical change, demographic trends, fertility and reproduction, marriage, separation and divorce, sexualities, children and young people, class, gender, motherhood, intergenerational relations, grandparents, ethnicity, globalisation, technology and family practices. A comprehensive analysis of key developments and trends over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is provided.
Introduction Linda Connolly 1.Locating ‘the Irish Family’: Towards a Plurality of Family Forms? Linda Connolly 2.Marriage, Fertility and Social Class in 20th Century Ireland Carmel Hannan 3. The Family in Ireland in the New Millennium Tony Fahey 4.Family and the Meaning of Life in Contemporary Ireland Tom Inglis 5.A Premature Farewell to Gender? Young People ‘Doing Boy/Girl’ Pat O’Connor 6.Non-sectarian Mothering in Belfast: the Emotional Quality of Normative Change Lisa Smyth 7.‘One of the best members of the family’: Continuity and Change in Young Children’s Relationships with their Grandparents Ruth Geraghty, Jane Gray and David Ralph 8.Children, Cousins and Clans: the Role of Extended Family and Kinship in the Lives of Children in Returning Irish Migrant Families Caitríona Ní Laoire 9.‘Going home’ To Where the Heart Is: Mixed International Families in the Republic of Ireland Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain 10.Staying Connected: Irish Lesbian and Gay Narratives of Family Róisín Ryan-Flood 11.Untangling the Wired Family Ciarán McCullagh