Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


Why does the profound technological transformation of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries appear to have done so little to effectively change patterns of care and ways of living in the home? Why is it that long-lasting social divisions are continually ‘reconfigured’ in different contexts amidst a vast array of choices for living differently? Do sexism and power continually shape the meanings and patterns of use of even the most radical technologies? If change exists both in technological developments and in ways of living personal lives, why do these seem to occur in parallel but remain relatively disconnected from one another? And why is it that the world of technology is usually seen to ‘impact’ upon personal ways of relating and of doing things rather than vice versa?


Family Life Social Position Social World Everyday Practice Ethnographic Study 
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© Elizabeth B. Silva 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityUK

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