© 1993

The Family in Question

Changing households and familiar ideologies

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Part of the Women in Society book series (WOSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Diana Gittins
    Pages 1-5
  3. Diana Gittins
    Pages 6-34
  4. Diana Gittins
    Pages 60-72
  5. Diana Gittins
    Pages 73-91
  6. Diana Gittins
    Pages 92-111
  7. Diana Gittins
    Pages 112-132
  8. Diana Gittins
    Pages 155-168
  9. Diana Gittins
    Pages 169-182
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 183-208

About this book


After a decade of Thatcherism, rising illegitimacy and the moral panic over child sexual abuse, the family is more of a political issue than ever. But is it 'the family' that is in crisis, or family ideology? In this revised edition of an important and controversial book, Diana Gittins adds to a broad range of historical, anthropological and feminist evidence, a new chapter on child sexual abuse.


child child sexual abuse children crisis family feminism ideology sexual abuse solidarity state work

About the authors

DIANA GITTINS worked in higher education for ten years. She is the author of Fair Sex (Hutchinson, 1982) and a number of articles and essays on gender, families and childhood. She works as a consultant to the Open University and also writes poetry and fiction.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Family in Question
  • Book Subtitle Changing households and familiar ideologies
  • Authors Diana Gittins
  • Series Title Women in Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Diana Gittins 1993
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-54569-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-54570-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-22591-0
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages X, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Work
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