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Families in societyBoundaries and relationships$
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Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346438

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.001.0001

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Family within and beyond the household boundary: children’s constructions of who they live with

Family within and beyond the household boundary: children’s constructions of who they live with

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(p.95) Six Family within and beyond the household boundary: children’s constructions of who they live with
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Families in society
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Helen Sweeting

Peter Seaman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.003.0006

This chapter presents data from two studies that illustrate the complexity of decisions in respect of whether or not certain individuals form part of ‘the family’. In order to explore this, it considers non-resident birth fathers. It examines problems faced by those researchers who seek to place ‘families’ in categories. It clarifies key themes, including the difficulty of defining family and family boundaries, as potentially represented by the material space of household. It also contends that almost all studies with a focus on family structure tend to ignore the potential importance of parents and parenting relationships out with the household.

Keywords:   family boundaries, household space, fathers, family structure, parenting relationships

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