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Sociology of Family Life (Paperback): David Cheal Sociology of Family Life (Paperback)
David Cheal
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This lucid and accessible introductory text from a highly regarded author provides students who are encountering the sociology of the family for the first time with a systematic and stimulating way of thinking about the subject based on a core set of analytical questions. Coherent and persuasive, it blends theory with empirical examples drawn from all over the world, thus offering valuable insights into the differences and commonalities between families in quite diverse social and cultural contexts.

Battered, Broken, Healed - A mother separated from her daughter. Only a painful truth can bring them back together (Paperback):... Battered, Broken, Healed - A mother separated from her daughter. Only a painful truth can bring them back together (Paperback)
Maggie Hartley 1
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A new challenge faces foster carer Maggie Hartley: this time it's not a child that's at risk, it's her mother. Can Maggie help Hailey to escape her abusive husband, and reunite her with her baby daughter? A heartbreaking true story perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis. ***** A TRUE STORY BY THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MAGGIE HARTLEY When six-week-old Jasmine is placed in her care, foster mother Maggie Hartley is delighted to have a baby in the house again. Maggie's been given temporary custody of Jasmine after social services were concerned that the baby was failing to thrive and develop. With Maggie's love and care, Jasmine soon flourishes into a healthy, happy baby - but it is clear that all is not quite as it seems with her mum, Hailey. Timid, pale and withdrawn, Hailey looks as though she is carrying the weight of the world onher shoulders. Maggie fears she may be suffering from postnatal depression until late one night she discovers Hailey on her doorstep, her body battered and broken, her spirit crushed. Hailey admits that her husband has been abusing her for years, but this revelation places Maggie in an awful situation: there's no way Hailey can regain custody of Jasmine until her husband is off the scene. But after years of physical and emotional abuse, can Hailey find the strength to leave him? An uplifting and ultimately redemptive story by Sunday Times bestselling foster carer Maggie Hartley. Perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis.

Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Hardcover): Kathleen E. Jenkins Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Hardcover)
Kathleen E. Jenkins
R1,988 Discovery Miles 19 880 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Even in our world of redefined life partnerships and living arrangements, most marriages begin through sacred ritual connected to a religious tradition. But if marriage rituals affirm deeply held religious and secular values in the presence of clergy, family, and community, where does divorce, which severs so many of these sacred bonds, fit in? Sociologist Kathleen Jenkins takes up this question in a work that offers both a broad, analytical perspective and a uniquely intimate view of the role of religion in ending marriages. For more than five years, Jenkins observed religious support groups and workshops for the divorced and interviewed religious practitioners in the midst of divorces, along with clergy members who advised them. Her findings appear here in the form of eloquent and revealing stories about individuals managing emotions in ways that make divorce a meaningful, even sacred process. Clergy from mainline Protestant denominations to Baptist churches, Jewish congregations, Unitarian fellowships, and Catholic parishes talk about the concealed nature of divorce in their congregations. Sacred Divorce describes their cautious attempts to overcome such barriers, and to assemble meaningful symbols and practices for members by becoming compassionate listeners, delivering careful sermons, refitting existing practices like Catholic annulments and Jewish divorce documents (gets), and constructing new rituals. With attention to religious, ethnic, and class variations, covering age groups from early thirties to mid-sixties and separations of only a few months to up to twenty years, Sacred Divorce offers remarkable insight into individual and cultural responses to divorce and the social emotions and spiritual strategies that the clergy and the faithful employ to find meaning in the breach. At once a sociological document, an ethnographic analysis, and testament of personal experience, Sacred Divorce provides guidance, strategies and answers to readers looking for answers and those looking to heal.

The Never Ending Life (Paperback): Anum Abdullah The Never Ending Life (Paperback)
Anum Abdullah
R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Never Ending Life is an exploration of the twist between the brutal realities of life along with the fictitious happy ever afters that we all long for. A real story about all the different ingredients that when mixed together create the unique blend which is what we call...life. Each chapter in this book is one that we go through at the different stages and stops in our journey. Each chapter in our lives adds to our story and contributes towards the individual we turn into. Each story explores the powerful emotions that human beings have the ability to experience and analyses them in a way that touches the heart and brain.

Evaluating Systems of Care - The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. A... Evaluating Systems of Care - The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. A Special Issue of children's Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice (Paperback)
E.Wayne Holden, Ana Maria Brannan
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This issue consists of five articles profiling different aspects of the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. Over the last eight years, this program provided grants to develop community-based systems of care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. A comprehensive, multilevel evaluation has been conducted that has provided information to local grantee communities and the federal government on the implementation and effectiveness of systems of care. Touching on a range of questions that the evaluation is designed to address, the articles in this special issue provide more general information on the system-of-care approach to addressing children's mental health problems.

The New Immigrant and the American Family - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (Hardcover): Marcelo M.... The New Immigrant and the American Family - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (Hardcover)
Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, Carola Suarez-Orozco, Desiree Qin-Hilliard
R3,638 R3,449 Discovery Miles 34 490 Save R189 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


During the second half of the Twentieth Century the U.S. experienced a profound demographic transformation. Immigration has become one of the most significant influences on American society. This set will explore the major features of the new immigration, bringing together the major scholarly contributions published in the last decade. and will focus on Latin American, Caribbean and Asian Immigration.

Love Online (Paperback): Jean-Claude Kaufmann Love Online (Paperback)
Jean-Claude Kaufmann
R351 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R60 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The internet is changing the rules of the game of love. In a world where anything is possible, a potential date - whether it be a one-night stand or the start of a more lasting relationship - can be just a click away. Anyone looking for love online can throw off their inhibitions and can say what they have never dared to before.

The internet revolution has ensured that online dating has now become both widespread and commonplace. Online users can buy into the consumerist illusion that they can choose a man or woman in the same way that they would shop for groceries - this is the new hypermarket of desire. Women in particular can enjoy a new sexual assertiveness. Where once they might have looked for an emotional attachment, they are now demanding simply the right to have a good time.

However, love cannot be reduced to such simple terms. The apparently risk-free world of online dating is at odds with love in real life, which has its own demands and expectations. You cannot introduce another person into your life and expect everything to remain the same. Human beings have a way of turning your life upside down.

In this compelling book, Jean-Claude Kaufmann navigates this new emotional world and explores the tensions between sex and love, instant gratification and enduring commitment.

Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Paperback): Kathleen E. Jenkins Sacred Divorce - Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (Paperback)
Kathleen E. Jenkins
R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Even in our world of redefined life partnerships and living arrangements, most marriages begin through sacred ritual connected to a religious tradition. But if marriage rituals affirm deeply held religious and secular values in the presence of clergy, family, and community, where does divorce, which severs so many of these sacred bonds, fit in? Sociologist Kathleen Jenkins takes up this question in a work that offers both a broad, analytical perspective and a uniquely intimate view of the role of religion in ending marriages. For more than five years, Jenkins observed religious support groups and workshops for the divorced and interviewed religious practitioners in the midst of divorces, along with clergy members who advised them. Her findings appear here in the form of eloquent and revealing stories about individuals managing emotions in ways that make divorce a meaningful, even sacred process. Clergy from mainline Protestant denominations to Baptist churches, Jewish congregations, Unitarian fellowships, and Catholic parishes talk about the concealed nature of divorce in their congregations. Sacred Divorce describes their cautious attempts to overcome such barriers, and to assemble meaningful symbols and practices for members by becoming compassionate listeners, delivering careful sermons, refitting existing practices like Catholic annulments and Jewish divorce documents (gets), and constructing new rituals. With attention to religious, ethnic, and class variations, covering age groups from early thirties to mid-sixties and separations of only a few months to up to twenty years, Sacred Divorce offers remarkable insight into individual and cultural responses to divorce and the social emotions and spiritual strategies that the clergy and the faithful employ to find meaning in the breach. At once a sociological document, an ethnographic analysis, and testament of personal experience, Sacred Divorce provides guidance, strategies and answers to readers looking for answers and those looking to heal.

Children in Society - Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice (Paperback): Pam Foley, Jeremy Roche, Stan Tucker Children in Society - Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice (Paperback)
Pam Foley, Jeremy Roche, Stan Tucker
R792 R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Save R71 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This reader provides a critical and comprehensive account of the theoretical and practical issues raised in working with children and families. It draws on debates from a range of disciplines to shed light on different perspectives, forms of practice and dimensions of policy. Its strong applied focus allows it to address a rich variety of issues of concern to professionals working with children in a range of settings. The contributing authors consist of leading academics in the field as well as those with first-hand knowledge and experience; all write in a clear and engaging style.

Family Systems/Family Therapy - Applications for Clinical Practice (Hardcover): Joan D. Atwood Family Systems/Family Therapy - Applications for Clinical Practice (Hardcover)
Joan D. Atwood
R855 Discovery Miles 8 550 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Use your family therapy skills to coordinate multidisciplinary teams This comprehensive book examines family therapy issues in the context of the larger systems of health, law, and education. Family Systems/Family Therapy shows how family therapists can bring their skills to bear on a broad range of problems, both by considering the effects of larger social systems and by cooperating with professionals in other disciplines. Because family therapists are trained to understand how systems operate, they can offer wise guidance whether the dysfunction is occurring within the family system or between the individual and the larger systems of society. The studies and projects reported in Family Systems/Family Therapy demonstrate the ways in which family therapists can help create dialogues of inclusion to develop innovative, effective solution plans. The PEACE project, for example, brings together judges, attorneys, divorcing parents, and therapists to help children deal with the strains of divorce. Family Systems/Family Therapy includes both practical case histories and theoretical considerations. This thought-provoking book suggests areas in which an intersystems approach can be especially effective, including: preventing substance abuse in adolescent girls enhancing awareness of adolescent dating violence managing geriatric care, not just for the identified patient, but for the family as a whole doing court-ordered therapy for divorcing couples working with children labeled as difficult and their teachersFamily Systems/Family Therapy will give family therapists a new vision of what they can achieve when working in the context of individuals, families, or the broader system.

Family Systems/Family Therapy - Applications for Clinical Practice (Paperback): Joan D. Atwood Family Systems/Family Therapy - Applications for Clinical Practice (Paperback)
Joan D. Atwood; Edited by Joan D. Atwood
R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Use your family therapy skills to coordinate multidisciplinary teams!This comprehensive book examines family therapy issues in the context of the larger systems of health, law, and education. Family Systems/Family Therapy shows how family therapists can bring their skills to bear on a broad range of problems, both by considering the effects of larger social systems and by cooperating with professionals in other disciplines. Because family therapists are trained to understand how systems operate, they can offer wise guidance whether the dysfunction is occurring within the family system or between the individual and the larger systems of society. The studies and projects reported in Family Systems/Family Therapy demonstrate the ways in which family therapists can help create dialogues of inclusion to develop innovative, effective solution plans. The PEACE project, for example, brings together judges, attorneys, divorcing parents, and therapists to help children deal with the strains of divorce. Family Systems/Family Therapy includes both practical case histories and theoretical considerations. This thought-provoking book suggests areas in which an intersystems approach can be especially effective, including: preventing substance abuse in adolescent girls enhancing awareness of adolescent dating violence managing geriatric care, not just for the identified patient, but for the family as a whole doing court-ordered therapy for divorcing couples working with children labeled as difficult and their teachersFamily Systems/Family Therapy will give family therapists a new vision of what they can achieve when working in the context of individuals, families, or the broader system.

Television and the American Family (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Jennings Bryant, J.Alison Bryant Television and the American Family (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Jennings Bryant, J.Alison Bryant
R1,657 Discovery Miles 16 570 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This second edition of a trend-setting volume provides an updated examination of the interaction between families and the most pervasive mass medium: television. Charting the dynamic developments of the American family and television over the past decade, this volume provides a comprehensive representation of programmatic research into family and television and examines extensively the uses families make of television, how extensions of television affect usage, families' evolving attitudes toward television, the ways families have been and are portrayed on television, the effects television has on families, and the ways in which families can mediate its impact on their lives.
The volume is an invaluable resource for scholars and students in the areas of media and society, children and media, and family studies.

Damaged - The Heartbreaking True Story Of A Forgotten Child (Paperback, New Ed): Cathy Glass Damaged - The Heartbreaking True Story Of A Forgotten Child (Paperback, New Ed)
Cathy Glass 2
R217 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R64 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass

Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months but Cathy decides to take her on to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

It s clear that Josie needs psychiatric therapy, but instead Social Services take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie s future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable."

Mothering the Self - Mothers, Daughters, Subjects (Hardcover): Stephanie Lawler Mothering the Self - Mothers, Daughters, Subjects (Hardcover)
Stephanie Lawler
R2,420 Discovery Miles 24 200 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The mother-daughter relationship has preoccupied feminist writers for decades, but typically it has been the daughter's story at centre-stage. Mothering the Self brings together these maternal and daughterly stories by drawing on in-depth interviews with women who speak both as mothers and as daughters.

This study examines the ways in which these mothers and daughters participate in their understanding of class, gender, and race locations, both using and resisting them. The result is a fresh start from which to consider the far-reaching implications of this relationship - not simply for mothers and daughters, but in terms of how we understand the shaping of the self and its place within the social world.

Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships (Paperback): James M. Honeycutt, James G Cantrill Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships (Paperback)
James M. Honeycutt, James G Cantrill
R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships" focuses on the role of memory, communication, and social cognition in the development of romantic relationships. The authors review developmental models of communication and examine criticisms of these models. They also explore the stages through which relationships escalate and deteriorate, and consider the processes for such activities as meeting new people, dating, sexual intercourse, and terminating relationships. Differences between men and women are discussed throughout the text, in light of current research supporting systematic gender differences in how people think about romance and relationships.
As an extended analysis and research review of how thinking about romance influences and is influenced by communicative processes, this text offers a deeper understanding of the cognitive and communicative factors involved in relationship processes. It is designed for use in courses on interpersonal relationships and intimate relations in social psychology, communication, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, and sociology.

When Father Kills Mother - Guiding Children Through Trauma and Grief (Hardcover, 2 Rev Ed): Jean Harris-Hendriks, Dora Black,... When Father Kills Mother - Guiding Children Through Trauma and Grief (Hardcover, 2 Rev Ed)
Jean Harris-Hendriks, Dora Black, Tony Kaplan
R1,997 Discovery Miles 19 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Children bereaved by the death of one parent at the hands of the other, almost always the father, in effect lose both parents. The children are then uprooted, losing their home and, quite often, their familiar routine and essential relationships. The combined effects of trauma, dislocation and loss are dramatic, but little has been written so far about such tragedies and the implications for everyone concerned in the future of affected children. The authors of "When Father Kills Mother" all have special experience of treating such children. They discuss the importance of debriefing children immediately after they have witnessed violence and indicate what therapeutic help will be of most value to both the children and their carers. They examine the legal aspect of the tragedy, not only the civil rights of children and their role as witnesses, but the role of social workers, guardians and courts as decision-makers for the children. Difficult practical problems are all considered from the children's point of view as the authors seek answers to such questions as: where should the children live?; how should their future be planned?; and should they see their fathers in prison?

Fall or Fly - The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia (Paperback): Wendy Welch Fall or Fly - The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia (Paperback)
Wendy Welch
R412 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R106 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Chaos. Frustration. Compassion. Desperation. Hope. These are the five words that author Wendy Welch says best summarize the state of foster care in the coalfields of Appalachia. Her assessment is based on interviews with more than sixty social workers, parents, and children who have gone through "the system." The riveting stories in Fall or Fly tell what foster care is like, from the inside out. In depictions of foster care and adoption, stories tend to cluster at the dark or light ends of the spectrum, rather than telling the day-to-day successes and failures of families working to create themselves. Who raises other people's children? Why? What's money got to do with it when the love on offer feels so real? And how does the particular setting of Appalachia-itself so frequently oversimplified or stereotyped-influence the way these questions play out? In Fall or Fly, Welch invites people bound by a code of silence to open up and to share their experiences. Less inspiration than a call to caring awareness, this pioneering work of storytelling journalism explores how love, compassion, money, and fear intermingle in what can only be described as a marketplace for our nation's greatest asset.

Seduction - Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy (Paperback): Rachel O'Neill Seduction - Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy (Paperback)
Rachel O'Neill
R439 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R82 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Within the so-called seduction community, the ability to meet and attract women is understood as a skill which heterosexual men can cultivate through practical training and personal development. Though it has been an object of media speculation - and frequent sensationalism - for over a decade, this cultural formation remains poorly understood. In the first book-length study of the industry, Rachel O'Neill takes us into the world of seduction seminars, training events, instructional guidebooks and video tutorials. Pushing past established understandings of 'pickup artists' as pathetic, pathological or perverse, she examines what makes seduction so compelling for those drawn to participate in this sphere. Seduction vividly portrays how the twin rationalities of neoliberalism and postfeminism are reorganising contemporary intimate life, as labour-intensive and profit-orientated modes of sociality consume other forms of being and relating. It is essential reading for students and scholars of gender, sexuality, sociology and cultural studies, as well as anyone who wants to understand the seduction industry's overarching logics and internal workings.

Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century (Hardcover): Barbara H. Settles, Suzanne Steinmetz Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century (Hardcover)
Barbara H. Settles, Suzanne Steinmetz; Edited by Gary W. Peterson, Marvin B Sussman
R1,982 Discovery Miles 19 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Explore the breakdown of the universal family form into new living arrangements and the political and social implications of how they influence the definition of family today Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century views families from a US perspective and from many different cultures and societies. You will examine the family as it has evolved from the 1950s traditional family to today's family structures. The controversial question, "What is family?" is thoroughly examined as it has become an increasingly important social policy concern because of the recent change in the traditional family. Scholars and researchers in family studies and sociology will be intrigued by these thought-provoking articles that analyze the definition of the family from a multitude of perspectives.Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century looks at family in terms of its social construction, variations and the diversity in families, among others. You will examine the negative implications of using the term "The Family" as it implies "The Nuclear Family," which many powerful lobbies (politics, morality, religion) claim to support and revere. You will also explore family ideology and identity from many different social and cultural contexts. Some of the family issues you will explore in Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century include: marrying, procreating, and divorcing in a traditional Jewish family redefining western families by taking into consideration the legal factors, history, tradition and the continued expansion of the definition of family in the US addressing family issues in Lithuania, a country amidst many political changes challenging and complicating the definition of family with stepfamilies exploring the question "What are families after divorce?" examining multicultural motives for marriage and how these motives effect courting behavior in Lithuania defining families through caregiving patternsConcepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century goes in-depth to broaden and interpret the meaning of family in today's society. Through the exploration of legal implications, professional and personal needs this text takes into account the large variety of groups that have close living relationships. Concepts and Definitions of Family for the 21st Century will assist you in answering the difficult and complex question "What is family?"

The Parent App - Understanding Families in the Digital Age (Paperback): Lynn Schofield Clark The Parent App - Understanding Families in the Digital Age (Paperback)
Lynn Schofield Clark
R452 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R34 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Ninety-five percent of American kids have Internet access by age 11; the average number of texts a teenager sends each month is well over 3,000. More families report that technology makes life with children more challenging, not less, as parents today struggle with questions previous generations never faced: Is my thirteen-year-old responsible enough for a Facebook page? What will happen if I give my nine year-old a cell phone? In The Parent App, Lynn Schofield Clark provides what families have been sorely lacking: smart, sensitive, and effective strategies for coping with the dilemmas of digital and mobile media in modern life. Clark set about interviewing scores of mothers and fathers, identifying not only their various approaches, but how they differ according to family income. Parents in upper-income families encourage their children to use media to enhance their education and self-development and to avoid use that might distract them from goals of high achievement. Lower income families, in contrast, encourage the use of digital and mobile media in ways that are respectful, compliant toward parents, and family-focused. Each approach has its own benefits and drawbacks, and whatever the parenting style or economic bracket, parents experience anxiety about how to manage new technology. With the understanding of a parent of teens and the rigor of a social scientist, Clark tackles a host of issues, such as family communication, online predators, cyber bullying, sexting, gamer drop-outs, helicopter parenting, technological monitoring, the effectiveness of strict controls, and much more. The Parent App is more than an advice manual. As Clark admits, technology changes too rapidly for that. Rather, she puts parenting in context, exploring the meaning of media challenges and the consequences of our responses-for our lives as family members and as members of society.

Personal Relationships Across Cultures (Paperback): Robin Goodwin Personal Relationships Across Cultures (Paperback)
Robin Goodwin
R748 Discovery Miles 7 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days




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Queering Marriage - Challenging Family Formation in the United States (Paperback, New): Katrina Kimport Queering Marriage - Challenging Family Formation in the United States (Paperback, New)
Katrina Kimport
R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Over four thousand gay and lesbian couples married in the city of San Francisco in 2004. The first large-scale occurrence of legal same-sex marriage, these unions galvanized a movement and reignited the debate about whether same-sex marriage, as some hope, challenges heterosexual privilege or, as others fear, preserves that privilege by assimilating queer couples.
In "Queering Marriage," Katrina Kimport uses in-depth interviews with participants in the San Francisco weddings to argue that same-sex marriage cannot be understood as simply entrenching or contesting heterosexual privilege. Instead, she contends, these new legally sanctioned relationships can both reinforce as well as disrupt the association of marriage and heterosexuality.
During her deeply personal conversations with same-sex spouses, Kimport learned that the majority of respondents did characterize their marriages as an opportunity to contest heterosexual privilege. Yet, in a seeming contradiction, nearly as many also cited their desire for access to the normative benefits of matrimony, including social recognition and legal rights. Kimport's research revealed that the pattern of ascribing meaning to marriage varied by parenthood status and, in turn, by gender. Lesbian parents were more likely to embrace normative meanings for their unions; those who are not parents were more likely to define their relationships as attempts to contest dominant understandings of marriage.
By posing the question--can queers "queer" marriage?--Kimport provides a nuanced, accessible, and theoretically grounded framework for understanding the powerful effect of heterosexual expectations on both sexual and social categories.

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 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R44 (8%) Shipped 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.

Children in China (Paperback): Orna Naftali Children in China (Paperback)
Orna Naftali
R404 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R73 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Chinese childhood is undergoing a major transformation. This book explores how government policies introduced in China over the last few decades and processes of social and economic change are reshaping the lives of children and the meanings of childhood in complex, contradictory ways. Drawing on a broad range of literature and original ethnographic research, Naftali explores the rise of new ideas of child-care, child-vulnerability and child-agency; the impact of the One-Child Policy; and the emergence of children as independent consumers in the new market economy. She shows that Chinese boys and increasingly girls, too are enjoying a new empowerment, a development that has met with ambiguity and resistance from both caregivers and the state. She also demonstrates how economic restructuring and the recent waves of rural/urban migration have produced starkly unequal conditions for children's education and development both in the countryside and in the cities. Children in China is essential reading for students and scholars seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to be a child in contemporary China, as well as for those concerned with the changing relationship between children, the state and the family in the global era.

The Natural History of the Flirt (Paperback, Facsimile of 1847 ed): Albert Smith The Natural History of the Flirt (Paperback, Facsimile of 1847 ed)
Albert Smith
R164 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R40 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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