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Understanding Families: A Global Introduction
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Understanding Families: A Global Introduction (Paperback)

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"I don't know how often I've wished for an introductory text on family life which encompassed critical contemporary sociological thinking alongside the basic information students need, and have only found fossilised thinking on a stodgy subject. But now all that has changed. McKie and Callan have achieved what I thought was almost impossible in Understanding Families - a textbook which provides unrivalled foundations for a critical understanding of contemporary families and relationships."



- Carol Smart, The Morgan Centre, University of Manchester







"This excellent, innovative, comprehensive and easy to read text should be essential reading for everyone keen to understand families across the globe... It will make an outstanding contribution to family studies and is highly recommended."



- Janet Walker, Newcastle University







"Easy to read text, which debates current thinking surrounding modern families. Case studies and questions for the reader throughout the text help traslate theory into practice."



- Justine Gallagher, Northumbria University





Families are the core building blocks of society. Our experience of them affects many aspects of our everyday lives shaping our expectations and future plans.







Written by experts in family studies and family policy, this clear, engaging book adopts a global perspective to usefully examine how modern families can be explored and understood in research, policy and practice.







Packed with critical pedagogy, including case-studies, think points, key words and a glossary, it guides students through topics such as relationships, sexualities and paid and unpaid work, continually returning to its central themes of process and structure. The book also:

















Applies key social theories to contemporary analysis

Examines key studies on researching families and family life

Explores the role of government policies and practices











This comprehensive introduction to the study of families and relationships is a timely resource for students and lecturers working across the social sciences, particularly students of family studies, the sociology of the family, family policy, and social work and the family











Linda McKie is Professor of Sociology, Glasgow Caledonian University; Samantha Callan is based at the Centre for Social Justice. They are both affiliated to the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh.

Health & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyFamily & relationshipsIntergenerational relationshipsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd Publication Date: 15/12/2011 ISBN-13: 9781847879325  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Professor Linda McKie is Head of School for Applied Social Sciences (SASS) at Durham University. Dr Samantha Callan is recognised as a research and policy expert in the fields of family relationships, mental health and the early years. She is currently Associate Director for Families and Mental Health at the Centre for Social Justice, for whom she has chaired four major social policy reviews. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Edinburgh University's Centre for Research in Families and Relationships (CRFR).

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