Consuming Families

Buying, Making, Producing Family Life in the 21st Century

By Jo Lindsay, JaneMaree Maher

© 2013 – Routledge

184 pages

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Hardback: 9780415899215
pub: 2013-03-10
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About the Book

This book explores contemporary families as sites of consumption, examining the changing contexts of family life, where new forms of family are altering how family life is practised and produced, and addressing key social issues – childhood obesity, alchohol and drug addiction, social networking, viral marketing – that put pressure on families as the social, economic and regulatory environments of consumption change.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Family Life and Consumption in the 21st Century 2. Consuming Goods and Ideals in Family Life 3. Text Me: The "Mediation" of Everyday Family Life 4. The "Big" Issues of Childhood: Family Responsibility for Children’s Weight 5. Youth Drinking and Family Alcohol Cultures 6. Seeing It and Doing It: Young People, Families and Sex. Conclusion: A New Purchase on Family Life. Appendix.

About the Authors

Jo Lindsay is Associate Professor in Sociology at Monash University.

JaneMaree Maher is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Monash University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC026010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC047000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies