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Family and The State of Theory

Опубликовано на портале: 28-11-2006
Изд-во: University of Toronto Press, 1991, 213 с.
The book takes a broad comparative approach to the theories analyzed, both in terms of the empirical examples used (from North America, Europe and Australia) and in the discussion of how old and new approaches interact with one another. Cheal argues that it is possible to make the sense contemporary family theory by analyzing its divisions as the result of different experiences of modernity. These experiences are described as lying along three axes: first, the opposition between social modernism and its anti-modernists critics; second, the ideological effects of contradictions within modernity itself; and the third, the emerging difference modernist idealism and post-modernist skepticism. Another major theme of the book is the profound impact of feminism on contemporary family studies, and how this has been the catalyst for so much rethinking of the subject in recent years.

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction

Chapter 1. Family theory after the Big Bang
Standard theory of the family
From convergence to divergence
Feminist theory
Out of order
From positivism to post-positivism
Contemporary contradictions
Notes

Chapter 2. Progress and decline: Modernism and postmodernism
Social science and modernity
Modernism and the idea of progress
Family changes: progress or decline?
Anti-modernism and the idea of decline
The limits to anti-modernism
Notes

Chapter 3. System and liberation: Dialects of modernity, division I
Power over life
Family policy
The politics of reproduction
The medical model and family interventions
Family system theories
Family conversation and familial conservatism
Family system theories
Beyond bounded systems
Notes

Chapter 4. Private and public: Dialects of modernity, division II
The private family
Capital, class and labour
The family and the state
Beyond public/private dualism
Notes

Chapter 5. The one and the many: Modernity and post-modernity
Family changes revised: Standardization or diversification?
Rethinking what we study
Individualization
Something is happening
The post-modern family?
Notes

Chapter 6. Conclusion: The instabilities of post-modern social theory
From popularization to pluralization
In search of the future
The instability of analytical categories
The fuzziness of `schools of thought`
Notes

References
Author index
Subject index

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