This chapter describes how patterns of family formation and kin relationships have changed between 1960 and 2002, showing that there is more differentiation within families than there was in 1960 and that there is greater geographical mobility. Despite this, there are still very high levels of contact between members of families living in different households and there is little evidence of disembedding processes except among the most geographically mobile section of the middle class. The discussion looks at extended family networks, the extent to which they form kin groups, and their increased heterogeneity in terms of residence and occupation.
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