Concern and debate over changes to family life have increased in the last decade, as a result of evolving employment patterns, shifting gender relations and more openness about sexual orientation. Most politicians and researchers have viewed these changes as harmful, suggesting that the family as an institution should not alter. The `New' Family? challenges these dominant views. Leading academics in the field consider current diverse practices in families, and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should be and how they actually are, illustrating the need for a broader definition of family. This book shows the need to take fluidity and change in family arrangements seriously, ratherWashing-up A recent advertisement for a Miele dishwasher notes that 8, 500 wash cycles is what an average family requires for 20 years. While this indicates the durability of the machine, it reminds consumers of the amount of washing-up thatanbsp;...
|Title||:||The New Family ?|
|Author||:||Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva, Carol Smart|
|Publisher||:||SAGE - 1999-02-08|