Sociological perspectives on ‘the family’ and community

  • Anthea Symonds
  • Sheila C. Hunt


Midwives are concerned with families. They offer care to women in all types of families or family groups. If their care is to be thoughtful and helpful to women they need to understand more about the environment where care takes place. This chapter will be concerned with the unravelling of a dominant area of study in sociology which is also a part of everyday life and a basic organisation in most societies — the family. The idea of ‘the family’ is such a familiar one that it is nearly always used as a means of introducing students to the basic approach of sociology. It illustrates the way in which sociological theories and analyses can enrich but also problematise, and question accepted and seemingly simplistic aspects of everyday social life.


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© Anthea Symonds and Sheila C. Hunt 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthea Symonds
    • 1
  • Sheila C. Hunt
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WalesSwanseaUK
  2. 2.University of Central EnglandUK
  3. 3.Birmingham Women’s Health Care NHS TrustUK

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