Understanding Family Meanings: A Reflective Text

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A familiar, yet contentious topic, the subject of family can present difficulties in the classroom, on levels ranging from personal to political and social. Understanding Family Meanings attacks this dilemma head-on, focusing on family meanings in diverse contexts to enhance our understanding of everyday social lives. Ranging over such issues as power, inequality, and values, this instructive text serves as an ideal introduction to family studies as it explores the shifting and subtle ways individuals, researchers, policymakers, and professionals make sense of the idea of family.

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Jane Ribbens McCarthy is reader in family studies at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities, and Governance at the Open University.

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"A compelling and accessible book, Understanding family meanings combines conceptual sophistication with intriguing examples and helpful exercises. Highly recommended, it will be interest to undergraduate sociology and family studies students in general." Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri "Understanding family meanings inspires the reader to reflect on the fluid and dynamic nature of contemporary families. It is an important new contribution to the literature as it highlights the multiplicity of meanings associated with families depending on context." Bahira Sherif Trask, University of Delaware

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