Family life in modern societies is being transformed by high rates
of divorce. Such changes have given rise to concerns that the
quality of family life for children has deteriorated and that
children are damaged by the choices their parents are making. It is
possible, however, that children and families are more resilient
than this. Rather than witnessing the end of the family and the end
of contented childhood, we could be seeing the emergence of
post-divorce families and new experiences of childhood based on
these new arrangements.
This path-breaking book explores children's own accounts of
family life after divorce and allows us to see these changes from
their point of view. It provides a sociological perspective on how
childhood may be changing and how the 'democratic' status of
children in the family may be in the process of transformation. The
implications for family and legal policy of listening to children's
views are also set out.
The Changing Experience of Childhood" will be of interest to all
those in academic and public life concerned about the future of the
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