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.
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.