Families and relationships e-Special issue introduction

May, V. and Dawson, M. (2018) Families and relationships e-Special issue introduction. Sociology, 52(4), NP1-NP10. (doi: 10.1177/0038038518760427)

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This Families and Relationships e-Special Issue contains a selection of ten papers previously published in Sociology. In this Introduction, we first outline the broader sub-disciplinary context in which the paper contained herein can be located and explain the criteria we used to select them. The increased popularity of families and relationships as a focus of sociological study is reflected in the dominance of papers published in the 1990s and later. Our selection highlights the following developments within the field: the shift from the sociology of the family to a sociology of families; the debates surrounding late modern changes and the individualisation thesis; increased diversity regarding types of family and kinds of issue that have been researched; and continued theoretical development by extending the family practices approach and by widening the scope of study. We include reflections of how the papers in this e-Special Issue speak to developments in the discipline at large and in the field of families and relationships, as well as what the future might hold for the field.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Dr Matt
Authors: May, V., and Dawson, M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Sociology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1469-8684
Published Online:15 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sociology 52(4):NP1-NP10
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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