Family within and beyond the household boundary: children's constructions of who they live with

Sweeting, H. and Seaman, P. (2005) Family within and beyond the household boundary: children's constructions of who they live with. In: McKie, L. and Cunningham-Burley, S. (eds.) Families in Society: Boundaries and Relationships. Policy Press: Bristol, UK, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9781861346438

Sweeting, H. and Seaman, P. (2005) Family within and beyond the household boundary: children's constructions of who they live with. In: McKie, L. and Cunningham-Burley, S. (eds.) Families in Society: Boundaries and Relationships. Policy Press: Bristol, UK, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9781861346438

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Abstract

This chapter presents data from two studies that illustrate the complexity of decisions in respect of whether or not certain individuals form part of ‘the family’. In order to explore this, it considers non-resident birth fathers. It examines problems faced by those researchers who seek to place ‘families’ in categories. It clarifies key themes, including the difficulty of defining family and family boundaries, as potentially represented by the material space of household. It also contends that almost all studies with a focus on family structure tend to ignore the potential importance of parents and parenting relationships out with the household.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Seaman, Dr Peter and Sweeting, Dr Helen
Authors: Sweeting, H., and Seaman, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Publisher:Policy Press
ISBN:9781861346438

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