This book explores the growing diversity of family life by presenting a comprehensive assessment of recent research and theory, and foregrounds new thinking about 'family', parenting, childhood and personal life.
Introduction 1. Traditional Approaches to the Family 2. Individualization, Intimacy and Family Life 3. Parenting Practices and Values 4. The Changing Nature of Childhood 5. Families and Ageing Societies 6. Globalization, Migration and Intimate Relations 7. Families, Fertility and Populations 8. Families and New Reproductive Technologies 9. New Directions: Personal Life, Family and Friendship