Violence and families: boundaries, memories and identities

Linda McKie, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, John H. McKendrick, Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Debbie Kemmer, Gill Scott, Sue Innes, Janet Shucksmith, Lorna McKee, Helen Willmot, Malcolm Hill, Helen Sweeting, Peter Seaman, Angus Bancroft, Sarah Wilson, Hugh Masters, Laura Airey, Dot Weaks, Heather Wilkinson, Davidson ShirleyNancy Lombard, Lynn Jamieson, Fran Wasoff, Adam Smith, Graham Allan, Sasha Roseneil

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Book abstract: Acknowledging the increasing diversity and complexity of families, this innovative book proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding families and other relationships that both challenges and attempts to reconcile traditional and contemporary approaches. Using the notion of 'boundaries', the book shifts thinking from 'families as entities' to 'families as relationship processes'. Emphasising the processes that underlie boundary construction and reconstruction suggests that the key to understanding family life is the process of relationship formation. The ideas of entity, boundary, margins and hybridity provide a framework for understanding the diverse, and often contradictory, ways in which families contribute to society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamilies in Society: Boundaries and Relationships
EditorsL. McKie, S. Cunningham-Burley
PublisherThe Policy Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781861346438
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • families
  • violence
  • relationships

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