Negotiating Family Responsibilities

Negotiating Family Responsibilities

Negotiating Family Responsibilities

Negotiating Family Responsibilities

Synopsis

Negotiating Family Responsibilitiesprovides a major new insight into contemporary family life, particularly kin relationships outside the nuclear family. While many people believe that the real meaning of 'family' has shrunk to the nuclear family household, there is considerable evidence to suggest that relationships with the wider kin group remain an important part of most people's lives.
Based on the findings of a major study of kinship, and including lively verbatim accounts of conversations with family members concepts of responsibility and obligation within family life are examined and the authors expand theories on the nature of assistance within families and argue that it is negotiated over time rather than given automatically.

Excerpt

Sarah Yates and Mary Mycock were two cousins, both of whom we interviewed. They were about the same age (in their forties) and both lived with husbands of a second marriage. Each had two children, though Sarah's were older than Mary's and one had already left the parental home. Their homes were about 20 miles apart but both had access to a car. Sarah worked full-time as an ambulance driver. Mary was not doing paid work at the time

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