The Family: Change or Continuity?

  • Authors
  • Faith¬†Robertson¬†Elliot

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 1-14
  3. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 15-33
  4. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 34-72
  5. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 73-114
  6. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 115-133
  7. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 134-176
  8. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 177-206
  9. Faith Robertson Elliot
    Pages 207-210
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 211-235

About this book


Faith Elliot's book has a coherence unusual in a textbook. As its title suggests, it directs our attention to change and continuity in the family. It reviews debates about the biological origins of the nuclear family and gender roles, accounts of the development of the conjugal family as the dominant family form in modern Western societies and of change in the roles of men and women within and without the family, the remodelling of the conjugal family consequent on the legitimation of divorce and the emergence of one-parent families and remarriage families, and the development of alternative lifestyles as exemplified in unmarried cohabitation, same-sex pairings and group living. The book considers Marxist and feminist approaches alongside the functional approaches which have been more traditional in the sociological study of the family.


biological continuity family gender gender roles Inuit nuclear review

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1986
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-32970-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-18442-2
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