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Au Pair (Paperback, New): Daniel Miller, Zuzana Burikova Au Pair (Paperback, New)
Daniel Miller, Zuzana Burikova
R438 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R81 (18%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Many families leave their children for years to be looked after by young people about whom they know next to nothing, from places they have barely heard of. Who are these au pairs, why do they come and what is their experience of this arrangement? Do they, for their part, find that they are treated as one of the family, and would they even want to be? After a year of careful research, this book shows how most of our assumptions and expectations about au pairs are wrong.This is the first book devoted to the lives of au pairs, their leisure as well as their work time. We see this world from the eyes of the visitors, and their unique perspective on what lies at the heart of our family life. The book does not flinch from documenting the realities of the situation o the racism and the problematic behaviour of the au pairs themselves, as much as the ignorance and exploitation they can be subject to. The book is a case study in how to come to feel modern life empathetically from the viewpoint of one of those many migrant groups we take for granted and rely on but rarely try to understand.

Unequal Family Lives - Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas (Hardcover): Naomi Cahn, June Carbone, Laurie F.... Unequal Family Lives - Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas (Hardcover)
Naomi Cahn, June Carbone, Laurie F. Derose, W. Bradford Wilcox
R1,898 R1,765 Discovery Miles 17 650 Save R133 (7%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Across the Americas and Europe, the family has changed and marriage is in retreat. To answer the question of what's driving these changes and how they impact social and economic inequality, progressives have typically focused on the economic causes of changing family structures, whereas conservatives tend to stress cultural and policy roots. In this illuminating book, an international group of scholars revisit these issues, offering competing and contrasting perspectives from left, center, and right, while also adding a third layer of analysis: namely, the role of gender - changes in women's roles, male employment patterns, and gendered family responsibilities - in driving family change across three continents. Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas adds richness and depth to our understanding of the relationship between family and economics in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. This title is also available as Open Access.

Growing Up Queer - Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity (Paperback): Mary Robertson Growing Up Queer - Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity (Paperback)
Mary Robertson
R478 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R64 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

LGBTQ kids reveal what it's like to be young and queer today Growing Up Queer explores the changing ways that young people are now becoming LGBT-identified in the US. Through interviews and three years of ethnographic research at an LGBTQ youth drop-in center, Mary Robertson focuses on the voices and stories of youths themselves in order to show how young people understand their sexual and gender identities, their interest in queer media, and the role that family plays in their lives. The young people who participated in this research are among the first generation to embrace queer identities as children and adolescents. This groundbreaking and timely consideration of queer identity demonstrates how sexual and gender identities are formed through complicated, ambivalent processes as opposed to being natural characteristics that one is born with. In addition to showing how youth understand their identities, Growing Up Queer describes how young people navigate queerness within a culture where being gay is the "new normal." Using Sara Ahmed's concept of queer orientation, Robertson argues that being queer is not just about one's sexual and/or gender identity, but is understood through intersecting identities including race, class, ability, and more. By showing how society accepts some kinds of LGBTQ-identified people while rejecting others, Growing Up Queer provides evidence of queerness as a site of social inequality. The book moves beyond an oversimplified examination of teenage sexuality and shows, through the voices of young people themselves, the exciting yet complicated terrain of queer adolescence.

Social Work with Children and Families (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012): Martin Davies Social Work with Children and Families (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012)
Martin Davies
R736 R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Save R54 (7%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Social workers are constantly making decisions under pressure. How do policy, law, research and theory influence what they do? This important book provides the answers with a crystal-clear map of the field of social work with children and families. Focused on four major themes - family support work, child protection, adoption and fostering, and residential child care, and reveals in detail all the challenges that social workers face every day. Edited by the highly respected Martin Davies, this authoritative and illuminating book argues that the skill of the social worker can have life-enhancing consequences for some of the most vulnerable people in society. It is an essential investment for students, educators and practitioners alike.

Finding Our Familia - The Story of Our Children Adopted from Overseas (Paperback): Stevan Whitehead Finding Our Familia - The Story of Our Children Adopted from Overseas (Paperback)
Stevan Whitehead
R227 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R54 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Finding Our Familia' is a moving and inspirational account of how a couple in the UK, in their search to build their family through adoption, find not only two children in Guatemala but also a group of people who will become their extended family - their 'familia'.

Families and Family Policies (Hardcover): Chiara Saraceno, Jane Lewis, Arnlaug Leira Families and Family Policies (Hardcover)
Chiara Saraceno, Jane Lewis, Arnlaug Leira
R11,566 Discovery Miles 115 660 Within 7 - 12 working days

Governments have had a longstanding interest in family forms and the behaviour of family members, although their goals and instruments have differed over time and across countries. This timely collection, along with an original introduction by the editors, brings together seminal contributions focusing on a number of important topics relating to this field. Volume I focuses on the origins and social foundations of family policies, their main actors and drivers; together with consideration of crucial concepts and themes, including gender, intergenerational obligations and care. Volume II deals with the various areas and goals addressed by family policies and their diversity across countries: the politics of reproduction; support for children, policies to reconcile paid work and family obligations; parenthood policies; patterns of care policies and domestic violence. This important set will be of immense value to those working in the field of families and family policies and will be an excellent source of reference to both students and academics.

Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (15th-17th century) (Hardcover, New Ed): Sara F.Matthews Grieco Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe (15th-17th century) (Hardcover, New Ed)
Sara F.Matthews Grieco; Series edited by Allison Levy
R2,046 Discovery Miles 20 460 Within 7 - 12 working days

In Renaissance and early modern Europe, various constellations of phenomena-ranging from sex scandals to legal debates to flurries of satirical prints-collectively demonstrate, at different times and places, an increased concern with cuckoldry, impotence and adultery. This concern emerges in unusual events (such as scatological rituals of house-scorning), appears in neglected sources (such as drawings by Swiss mercenary soldier-artists), and engages innovative areas of inquiry (such as the intersection between medical theory and Renaissance comedy). Interdisciplinary analytical tools are here deployed to scrutinize court scandals and decipher archival documents. Household recipes, popular literary works and a variety of visual media are examined in the light of contemporary sexual culture and contextualized with reference to current social and political issues. The essays in this volume reveal the central importance of sexuality and sexual metaphor for our understanding of European history, politics and culture, and emphasize the extent to which erotic presuppositions underpinned the early modern world.

Mediated Intimacy - Sex Advice in Media Culture (Paperback): Meg John Barker, Rosalind Gill, Laura Harvey Mediated Intimacy - Sex Advice in Media Culture (Paperback)
Meg John Barker, Rosalind Gill, Laura Harvey
R442 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R82 (19%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Mediated Intimacy looks at contemporary sex and relationship advice, exploring how our intimate lives are shaped through different media, from manuals and magazines to television and Twitter. By exploring how intimacy is constructed through different media texts, the authors consider which ideas and practices these changing forms of 'sexpertise' open up, and which they close down. The book reveals the intimate operation of power in mediated advice, how words and images, stories and sound can work to shore up social injustice. It critically engages with the ideas of choice and responsibility in sex self-help, arguing that these can obscure and/or justify oppression, even if they're sometimes experienced as empowering and/or pleasurable. This bold and incisive book provides a radical challenge to the assumptions underlying the sex advice industry, and presents a critical, collaborative and consensual vision for sex advice of the future.

Ten Top Tips for Placing Disabled Children (Paperback, UK ed.): Hedi Argent Ten Top Tips for Placing Disabled Children (Paperback, UK ed.)
Hedi Argent
R204 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R48 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Playdate - Parents, Children, and the New Expectations of Play (Paperback): Tamara R Mose The Playdate - Parents, Children, and the New Expectations of Play (Paperback)
Tamara R Mose
R477 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R64 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A playdate is an organized meeting where parents come together with their children at a public or private location to interact socially or "play." Children no longer simply "go out and play," rather, play is arranged, scheduled, and parentally-approved and supervised. How do these playdates happen? Who gets asked and who doesn't? What is acceptable play behavior? In The Playdate, Tamara R. Mose focuses on the parents of young children in New York City to explore how the shift from spontaneous and child-directed play to managed and adult-arranged playdates reveals the structures of modern parenting and the new realities of childhood. Mose argues that with the rise of moral panics surrounding child abuse, pedophilia, and fears about safety in the city, as well as helicopter parenting, and over-scheduling, the playdate has emerged as not just a necessity in terms of security and scheduling, but as the very hallmark of good parenting. Based on interviews with parents, teachers, childcare directors, and nannies from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island, the book provides a first-hand account of the strategies used by middle-class parents of young children to navigate social relationships-their own and those of their children. Mose shows how parents use playdates to improve their own experiences of raising children in New York City while at the same time carefully managing and ensuring their own social and cultural capital. Mose illustrates how the organization of playdates influences parents' work lives, friendships, and public childrearing performances, and demonstrates how this may potentially influence the social development of both children and parents. Ultimately, this captivating and well-researched book shows that the playdate is much more than just "child's play." Tamara Mose on The Brian Lehrer Show

Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China (Hardcover): Xiaowei Zang, Lucy X. Zhao Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China (Hardcover)
Xiaowei Zang, Lucy X. Zhao
R4,128 Discovery Miles 41 280 Within 7 - 12 working days

This Handbook advances research on the family and marriage in China by providing readers with a multidisciplinary and multifaceted coverage of major issues in one single volume. It addresses the major conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues of marriage and family in China and offers critical reflections on both the history and likely progression of the field. By examining the traditional ideas of marriage and family in China against new concepts, state policy changes and market reforms, the Handbook exposes the impact these changes are having on familial structures, traditional institutions and marital ideals. The eminent contributors include established scholars and emerging stars in this area of research, ranging from Australia, China, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the UK and the US. Working as a comprehensive and convenient reference for future research, this Handbook provides an extensive overview of the key issues in the field. An excellent reference tool for researchers and students of sociology, anthropology, public policy, family studies and China studies, this Handbook provides the knowledge for further research to flourish.

Arab Family Studies - Critical Reviews (Hardcover): Suad Joseph Arab Family Studies - Critical Reviews (Hardcover)
Suad Joseph
R3,686 R2,533 Discovery Miles 25 330 Save R1,153 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Family remains the most powerful social idiom and one of the most powerful social structures throughout the Arab world. To engender love of nation among its citizens, national movements portray the nationas a family. To motivate loyalty, political leaders frame themselves as fathers, mothers, brothers, or sisters to their clients, parties, or the citizenry. To stimulate production, economic actors evoke the sense of duty and mutual commitment of family obligation. To sanctify their edicts, clerics wrap religion in the moralities of family and family in the moralities of religion. Social and political movements, from the most secular to the most religious, pull on the tender strings of family love to recruit and bind their members to each other. To call someone family is to offer them almost the highest possible intimacy, loyalty, rights, reciprocities, and dignity. In recognizing the significance of the concept of family, this state-of- the-art literature review captures the major theories, methods, and case studies carried out on Arab families over the past century. The book offers a country-by-country critical assessment of the available scholarship on Arab families. Sixteen chapters focus on specific countries or groups of countries; seven chapters offer examinationsof the literature on key topical issues. Joseph's volume provides an indispensable resource to researchers and students, and advances Arab family studies as a critical independent field of scholarship.

A Baby's Cry (Paperback): Cathy Glass A Baby's Cry (Paperback)
Cathy Glass 1
R191 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R55 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

What could cause a mother to believe that giving away her newborn baby is her only option? Cathy Glass is about to find out. From author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged comes a harrowing and moving memoir about tiny Harrison, left in Cathy s care, and the potentially fatal family secret of his beginnings.

When Cathy is first asked to foster one-day old Harrison her only concern is if she will remember how to look after a baby. But upon collecting Harrison from the hospital, Cathy realises she has more to worry than she thought when she discovers that his background is shrouded in secrecy.

She isn t told why Harrison is in foster care and his social worker says only a few are aware of his very existence, and if his whereabouts became known his life, and that of his parents, could be in danger. Cathy tries to put her worries aside as she looks after Harrison, a beautiful baby, who is alert and engaging. Cathy and her children quickly bond with Harrison although they know that, inevitably, he will eventually be adopted.

But when a woman Cathy doesn t know starts appearing in the street outside her house acting suspiciously, Cathy fears for her own family s safety and demands some answers from Harrison s social worker. The social worker tells Cathy a little but what she says is very disturbing . How is this woman connected to Harrison and can she answer the questions that will affect Harrison s whole life?"

Gay Fatherhood - Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America (Hardcover): Ellen Lewin Gay Fatherhood - Narratives of Family and Citizenship in America (Hardcover)
Ellen Lewin
R1,823 Discovery Miles 18 230 Within 7 - 11 working days

Men are often thought to have less interest in parenting than women, and gay men are generally assumed to prefer pleasure over responsibility. The toxic combination of these two stereotypical views has led to a lack of serious attention being paid to the experiences of gay fathers. But the truth is that more and more gay men are setting out to become parents and succeeding--and "Gay Fatherhood" aims to tell their stories.

Ellen Lewin takes as her focus people who undertake the difficult process of becoming fathers as gay men, rather than having become fathers while married to women. These men face unique challenges in their quest for fatherhood, negotiating specific bureaucratic and financial conditions as they pursue adoption or surrogacy and juggling questions about their future child's race, age, sex, and health. "Gay Fatherhood" chronicles the lives of these men, exploring how they cope with political attacks from both the "family values" right and the "radical queer" left--while also shedding light on the evolving meanings of family in twenty-first-century America.

The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 - The Jewish Community and Beyond (Paperback): Amy Scheinerman The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 - The Jewish Community and Beyond (Paperback)
Amy Scheinerman
R370 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R85 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult coworkers? How can I best relate to people in need? Enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began two thousand years ago. The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building-with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves. Scheinerman devotes each chapter to a different Talmud text exploring relationships-and many of the selections are fresh, largely unknown passages. Overcoming the roadblocks of language and style that can keep even the curious from diving into Talmud, she walks readers through the logic of each passage, offering full textual translations and expanding on these richly complex conversations, so that each of us can weigh multiple perspectives and draw our own conclusions. Scheinerman provides grounding in why the selected passage matters, its historical background, a gripping narrative of the rabbis' evolving commentary, insightful anecdotes and questions for thought and discussion, and a cogent synopsis. Through this firsthand encounter with the core text of Judaism, readers of all levels-Jews and non-Jews, newcomers and veterans, students and teachers, individuals and chevruta partners and families alike-will discover the treasure of the oral Torah.

International Adoption - Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children (Paperback): Laura Briggs International Adoption - Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children (Paperback)
Laura Briggs; Edited by Diana Marre
R485 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R64 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In the past two decades, transnational adoption has exploded in scope and significance, growing up along increasingly globalized economic relations and the development and improvement of reproductive technologies. A complex and understudied system, transnational adoption opens a window onto the relations between nations, the inequalities of the rich and the poor, and the history of race and racialization, Transnational adoption has been marked by the geographies of unequal power, as children move from poorer countries and families to wealthier ones, yet little work has been done to synthesize its complex and sometimes contradictory effects.

Rather than focusing only on the United States, as much previous work on the topic does, International Adoption considers the perspectives of a number of sending countries as well as other receiving countries, particularly in Europe. The book also reminds us that the U.S. also sends children into international adoptions--particularly children of color. The book thus complicates the standard scholarly treatment of the subject, which tends to focus on the tensions between those who argue that transnational adoption is an outgrowth of American wealth, power, and military might (as well as a rejection of adoption from domestic foster care) and those who maintain that it is about a desire to help children in need.

Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy (Paperback): Jane Lewis Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy (Paperback)
Jane Lewis
R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Within 7 - 12 working days

Combining paid work with caring for children has become more difficult for families as women's working hours have increased. Over the past decade the issue of work-family balance has reached a more prominent place on the policy agenda of many Western European countries. However the preoccupations of governments have been largely instrumental, focusing particularly on the goal of increasing female employment rates in order to achieve greater competitiveness and economic growth, and also in many countries on raising fertility rates and promoting children's early learning. This important book looks at the three main components of work-family policy packages - childcare services, flexible working patterns and entitlements to leave from work in order to care - across EU15 Member States, with comparative reference to the US. It also provides an in-depth examination of developments in the UK. Variations in national priorities, policy instruments, established policy orientations and the context for policy making in terms of employment patterns, fertility behaviour and attitudes towards work and care are highlighted. Gender inequalities in the division of paid and unpaid work underpin the whole issue of work-family balance. But what constitutes gender equality in this crucial policy field? Jane Lewis argues that in spite of growing political emphasis on the importance of `choice', a `real' choice to engage in either or both the socially necessary activities of paid and unpaid work has remained elusive. Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy is essential reading for students and scholars who wish to understand the complex challenges facing families and family policy and the opportunities for the future.

Lesbian and Gay Foster Care and Adoption, Second Edition (Paperback): Janet McDermott, Stephen Hicks Lesbian and Gay Foster Care and Adoption, Second Edition (Paperback)
Janet McDermott, Stephen Hicks
R456 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R25 (5%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Featuring a spectrum of families from diverse backgrounds, this book reveals the joys and challenges of adoptive and foster parenting. The authors outline how the experience of adopting and fostering has changed for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people over the years, major changes in policy, and what the research can tell us about LGBT parenting. They interview families involved at different stages of the fostering and adoption process, from those undergoing assessments through to the experienced foster carers and adopters who were interviewed for the first edition of this book 20 years previously. While the number of LGBT people adopting or fostering has increased since then, some of the very real challenges still endure - including social stigma, homophobia and discriminatory policies - and families share some of the strategies they have used to help to address them. This is an essential source of information and advice for same-sex couples and LGBT single parents, as well as social workers, social work educators, sociologists of personal life, fostering and adoption panel members.

Related by Adoption 2014 - A Handbook for Grandparents and Other Relatives (Paperback, UK ed.): Hedi Argent Related by Adoption 2014 - A Handbook for Grandparents and Other Relatives (Paperback, UK ed.)
Hedi Argent
R193 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R46 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days
We Boys Together - Teenagers in Love Before Girl-craziness (Paperback, annotated edition): Jeffery P Dennis We Boys Together - Teenagers in Love Before Girl-craziness (Paperback, annotated edition)
Jeffery P Dennis
R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Within 7 - 11 working days

Teenage boys are wild about girls. When their hormones kick in at puberty, they can think of nothing else, and that's the way it has always been - right? Wrong. Before World War II, only sissies liked girls. Masculine, red-blooded, all-American boys were supposed to ignore girls until they were 18 or 19. Instead, parents, teachers, psychiatrists, and especially the mass media encouraged them to form passionate, intense, romantic bonds with each other. This book explores romantic relationships between teenage boys as they were portrayed before, during, and immediately after World War II, including - teenage melodramas: ""We'll always be together!""; Adventure Boys: ""I never knew what the treasure was...""; Henry Aldrich: ""Would you mind if I take you out sometime and buy you a milkshake?""; Andy Hardy: ""Hi, tenderfoot, drop by sometime""; Terry and the Pirates: ""I'd feel a lot better if I slept with you tonight""; superhero and sidekick: ""Come on, let's go home""; the Dead End Kids: ""They may be underprivileged, but they sure ain't underdeveloped""; the Little Tough Guys: ""Lots of guys go in pairs""; colonial fantasies: ""Stay away, this is my friend!"" ; the teenage musical: ""If there's a double meaning in that, I got it""; high school yearbooks: ""Tall, dashing, quick, and fair, spurns all girls with vigilant care!"" The author takes the reader through a rich landscape of media - sci fi pulps, comics, adventure stories, tales of teen sleuths, boys' serial novels, wartime bestsellers, and movies populated by many types of male adolescents: ""Boys Next Door"", ""Adventure Boys"", ""Jungle Boys"", and ""Lost Boys"". In Hollywood movies, ""Boys Next Door"" like Jackie Cooper, Ronald Sinclair, and Jimmy Lydon were constantly falling in love, but not with girls. In serial novels, ""Jungle Boys"" like Bomba, Sorak, and Og Son of Fire swung through the trees to rescue teenage boys, not teenage girls. In comic strips and on the radio, ""Adventure Boys"" like Don Study, Jack Armstrong, and Tim Tyler formed lasting romantic partnerships with other boys or men. ""Lost Boys"" like Frankie Darro, Leo Gorcey, and Billy Halop starred in dozens of movies about pairs of poor urban teenagers sticking together, with never a girl in sight.

Sex and Punishment - Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire (Paperback): Eric Berkowitz Sex and Punishment - Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire (Paperback)
Eric Berkowitz 1
R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Within 7 - 12 working days

Sex and Punishment tells the story of the struggle throughout millennia to regulate the most powerful engine of human behaviour: sex. From the savage impalement of an Ancient Mesopotamian adulteress to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for `gross indecency' in 1895, Eric Berkowitz evokes the entire sweep of Western sex law. The cast of Sex and Punishment is as varied as the forms taken by human desire itself: royal mistresses, gay charioteers, medieval transvestites, lonely goat-lovers, prostitutes of all stripes and London rent boys. Each of them had forbidden sex, and each was judged - and justice, as Berkowitz shows - rarely had anything to do with it.

When Marriage Ends - Economic and Social Consequences of Partnership Dissolution (Hardcover): Hans Jurgen Andress, Dina... When Marriage Ends - Economic and Social Consequences of Partnership Dissolution (Hardcover)
Hans Jurgen Andress, Dina Hummelsheim
R2,880 Discovery Miles 28 800 Within 7 - 12 working days

In recent decades the probability of divorce and separation among married and cohabiting couples has increased significantly in most European countries. Focusing on both economic and social aspects, this comprehensive volume explores the consequences of partnership dissolution at the individual level. The contributors use personal characteristics, properties of the partnerships and the institutional context to explain coping behaviours. The book comprises reports on eight countries, which have tentatively been classified as: `the male breadwinner' (Belgium and Germany), `the dual earner' (Denmark, Finland and Sweden), `the market' (Great Britain) and `the family' model (Spain and Greece). It also contains four cross-national comparative studies addressing the wider impacts of divorce, including labour force participation, residential mobility and housing, household income, and poverty and lifestyle deprivation. Complemented by the editors' authoritative introduction, this timely study will prove invaluable to graduate students and researchers interested in the economics and sociology of the family. Legal and public policy practitioners will also find the book an insightful addition to the current literature.

Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy (Hardcover): Jane Lewis Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy (Hardcover)
Jane Lewis
R2,080 Discovery Miles 20 800 Within 7 - 12 working days

Combining paid work with caring for children has become more difficult for families as women's working hours have increased. Over the past decade the issue of work-family balance has reached a more prominent place on the policy agenda of many Western European countries. However the preoccupations of governments have been largely instrumental, focusing particularly on the goal of increasing female employment rates in order to achieve greater competitiveness and economic growth, and also in many countries on raising fertility rates and promoting children's early learning. This important book looks at the three main components of work-family policy packages - childcare services, flexible working patterns and entitlements to leave from work in order to care - across EU15 Member States, with comparative reference to the US. It also provides an in-depth examination of developments in the UK. Variations in national priorities, policy instruments, established policy orientations and the context for policy making in terms of employment patterns, fertility behaviour and attitudes towards work and care are highlighted. Gender inequalities in the division of paid and unpaid work underpin the whole issue of work-family balance. But what constitutes gender equality in this crucial policy field? Jane Lewis argues that in spite of growing political emphasis on the importance of `choice', a `real' choice to engage in either or both the socially necessary activities of paid and unpaid work has remained elusive. Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy is essential reading for students and scholars who wish to understand the complex challenges facing families and family policy and the opportunities for the future.

Troublemakers - The construction of `troubled families' as a social problem (Paperback): Stephen Crossley Troublemakers - The construction of `troubled families' as a social problem (Paperback)
Stephen Crossley
R567 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R36 (6%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Paving the way for a government to fulfil its responsibility to families, this authoritative and critical account of the Troubled Families Programme reveals the inconsistencies and contradictions within it, and issues of deceit and malpractice in its operation.

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Anita L. Vangelisti The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Anita L. Vangelisti
R4,068 Discovery Miles 40 680 Within 7 - 12 working days

With a synthesis of research on issues key to understanding family interaction, as well as an analysis of many theoretical and methodological choices made by researchers studying family communication, the Handbook serves to advance the field by reframing old questions and stimulating new ones. The contents are comprised of chapters covering: theoretical and methodological issues influencing current conceptions of family; research and theory centering around the family life course communication occurring in a variety of family forms individual family members and their relationships dynamic communication processes taking place in families family communication embedded in social, cultural, and physical contexts. Key changes to the second edition include: updates throughout, providing a thorough and up-to-date overview of research and theory new topics reflecting the growth of the discipline, including chapters on "singles" as family members, emerging adults, and physiology and physical health. Highlighting the work of scholars across disciplines--communication, social psychology, clinical psychology, sociology, family studies, and others--this volume captures the breadth and depth of research on family communication and family relationships. The well-known contributors approach family interaction from a variety of theoretical perspectives and focus on topics ranging from the influence of structural characteristics on family relationships to the importance of specific communication processes.

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