Navigating Change: Making and Maintaining Connections
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Up until this point, I have explored how children know and relate to others in their families, primarily through face-to-face, sensory and embodied interactions (see also Mason and Tipper, 2008a; 2008b; Davies, 2012) which afford opportunities for intimate knowledge but also arouse tensions within families. In this chapter, I suggest that children closely consider the making and maintenance of family connections through the process of family change, particularly when they experience a loss of contact or diminished contact with a family member (Davies, 2013). How children make sense of and manage this loss of contact is examined in the context of parental separation, divorce and family bereavement.
KeywordsParental Separation Gift Exchange Family Bereavement Family Photograph Family Story
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