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Family Troubles?

By Amandine Scherrer - 11 March 2013, 15:43
A book that explores changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people

In this video clip, Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Brigid Featherstone and Umut Erel from The Open University present a new book: Family Troubles? changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people (published by Policy Press, April 2013).

Drawing on research on a wide range of substantive topics – including infant care, sibling conflict, divorce, disability, illness, migration and asylum-seeking, substance misuse, violence, kinship care, and forced marriage – the contributors aim to promote dialogue between researchers addressing mainstream family change and diversity in everyday lives, and those specialising in specific problems which prompt professional interventions.

About the editors

Dr Jane Ribbens McCarthy is Reader in Family Studies, in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) at the Open University. Her research interests and publications focus on families and relationships, particularly children and young people’s family lives, including their experiences of bereavement and loss.

Dr Carol-Ann Hooper is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of York. She has worked in the overlapping fields of child protection and family support, gender and crime, and violence against women, for over 20 years.

Val Gillies is Research Professor in Social and Policy Studies at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University. Her research interests focus on family, parenting, social class, and marginalised children and young people, and she has published extensively in journals on these topics.

Contents

Foreword: Dorit Braun

Preface: Troubling normalities and normal family troubles: diversities,experiences and tensions ~ Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, Val Gillies

Part One: APPROACHING FAMILY TROUBLES: CONTEXTS AND METHODOLOGIES, Introduction ~ Jane Ribbens McCarthy

Cultural context, families and troubles ~ Jill Korbin

Representing family troubles through the 20th century ~ Janet Fink

The role of science in understanding family troubles ~ Michael Rutter

Family troubles, methods trouble: qualitative research and the methodological divide ~ Ara Francis

Part Two : WHOSE TROUBLE? CONTESTED DEFINITIONS AND PRACTICES, Introduction ~ Val Gillies

Disabled parents and normative family life: the obscuring of lived experiences of parents and children within policy and research accounts ~ Harriet Clarke and Lindsay O'Dell

Normal problems or problem children? Parents and the micro-politics of deviance and disability ~ Ara Francis

Troubled talk and talk about troubles: moral cultures of infant feeding in professional, policy and parenting discourses ~ Helen Lomax

Children's non-conforming behaviour: personal trouble or public issue? ~ Geraldine Brady

Revealing the lived reality of kinship care through children and young people’s narratives: “It’s not all nice, it’s not all easy-going, it’s a difficult journey to go on”
~ Karin Cooper

Part Three: THE NORMAL, THE TROUBLING AND THE HARMFUL?, Introduction ~ Carol-Ann Hooper

Troubling loss? Children’s experiences of major disruptions in family life ~ Lynn Jamieson and Gill Highet

The permeating presence of past domestic and familial violence:“So like I’d never let anyone hit me but I’ve hit them, and I shouldn’t have done”
~ Dawn Mannay

Thinking about sociological work on personal and family life in the light of research on young people's experience of parental substance misuse ~ Sarah Wilson

The trouble with siblings: some psychosocial thoughts about sisters, aggression and femininity ~ Helen Lucey

Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness and family contact ~ Hayley Davies

Part Four: TROUBLES AND TRANSITIONS ACROSS SPACE AND CULTURE, Introduction ~ Jane Ribbens McCarthy

'Troubling' or 'ordinary'? Children's views on migration and intergenerational ethnic identities ~ Umut Erel

Colombian families dealing with parents' international migration ~ Maria Claudia Duque-Páramo

Families left behind: unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK ~ Elaine Chase and June Statham

Young people's caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV ~ Ruth Evans

Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England ~ Peter Keogh, Anne Kazimirski, Susan Purdon and Ruth Maisey

Part Five: WORKING WITH FAMILIES, Introduction ~ Carol-Ann Hooper

European perspectives on parenting and family support ~ Janet Boddy

What supports resilient coping in families? A systemic practitioner's perspective ~ Arlene Vetere

Troubled and troublesome teens: mothers’and professionals’understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles ~ Harriet Churchill and Karen Clarke

Contested family practices and moral reasoning: updating concepts for working with family-related social problems ~ Hannele Forsberg

Working with fathers: risk or resource? ~ Brid Featherstone

What is at stake in family troubles? Existential issues and value frameworks ~ Jane Ribbens McCarthy

 

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