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Author Finch, Janet.

Title Negotiating Family Responsibilities
Edition 1st ed
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2003
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Contents Book Cover -- Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Tables -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Understanding family responsibilities -- INTRODUCTION: WHY STUDY FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES? -- Example 1: Sarah Yates and her cousin Mary Mycock -- Example 2: Maureen Vickers and her mother -- Example 3: Leona Smith and her brothers -- Example 4: Alf Smith and his mother-in-law -- THE FAMILY OBLIGATIONS PROJECT -- PUBLIC NORMS AND FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES -- FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES IN PRACTICE: A CASE EXAMPLE -- CONCLUSION -- 2 Balancing responsibilities: dependence and independence -- INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF KIN SUPPORT IN PRACTICE -- GIVE AND TAKE IN KIN EXCHANGES -- EXAMPLE: SARAH ALLEN'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER PARENTS -- DIRECT REPAYMENT -- INDIRECT REPAYMENT: NEGOTIATING RATES OF EXCHANGE -- Example 1: John Green and his grandchildren -- Example 2: Jane Smith and her husband's kin -- Example 3: Caroline Gardner and her cousin -- Negotiating rates of exchange -- INDIRECT EXCHANGE: GENERALISED RECIPROCITY -- CONCLUSION -- 3 Negotiating commitments over time -- INTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING THE NEGOTIATION OF FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES -- EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT NEGOTIATIONS IN PRACTICE -- Open discussions -- Clear intentions -- Non-decisions -- FORMS OF NEGOTIATING PRACTICE -- NEGOTIATING COMMITMENTS IN PRACTICE: A CASE STUDY -- The initial issue: how to respond to Doreen's widowhood? -- The continuing issue: developing commitments in the Simpson family -- Negotiations about family responsibilities in the Simpson case -- THE CONCEPT OF COMMITMENT IN FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES -- CONCLUSION -- 4 Making legitimate excuses -- INTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING LEGITIMATE EXCUSES -- EXCUSES AND THEIR USES -- Employment -- Other family commitments -- Competence -- Geographical distance -- Lack of resources -- MAKING EXCUSES AND CONSTRUCTING MEANINGS
A. HIGH LEVEL OF AGREEMENT THAT HELP SHOULD COME FROM RELATIVES -- B. HIGH LEVEL OF AGREEMENT THAT HELP SHOULD NOT COME FROM RELATIVES -- C. SPLIT PATTERN OF RESPONSES -- Appendix C: Who does what for whom? -- WHO DOES WHAT FOR WHOM? -- 1: Financial assistance -- 2: Providing a home for a relative, either temporarily or permanently -- 3: Looking after young children -- 4: Practical help -- 5: Caring for someone who is ill or incapacitated -- 6: Giving emotional support -- References -- Name index -- Subject index
Through what processes do people get their excuses accepted as legitimate? -- Example 1: the Mansfields -- Example 2: the Gardners -- Example 3: the MacIntyres -- Example 4: the Crabtrees -- Does the ability to get excuses accepted as legitimate vary by gender, or genealogical relationship? -- Does legitimacy matter? -- CONCLUSION -- 5 Reputations and moral identities in the negotiation of family responsibilities -- INTRODUCTION: THE MORAL DIMENSIONS OF RESPONSIBILITIES TO KIN -- ASKING AND OFFERING -- NOT EXPECTING -- BEING GENEROUS -- REPUTATION IN THE KIN GROUP -- CONCLUSION: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MORAL DIMENSION OF NEGOTIATIONS IN FAMILIES -- 6 Conclusion -- INTRODUCTION -- FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES -- The significance of kin relationships as social support -- The nature of kin responsibilities: rules, rights and commitments -- Material and moral dimensions of family responsibilities -- SOME BROADER IMPLICATIONS OF OUR ARGUMENT -- IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL POLICY -- Appendix A: Methodology and research design -- THE SURVEY -- Sampling -- Sample characteristics -- Survey questionnaire content -- THE QUALITATIVE STUDY -- Policy on confidentiality -- Sampling -- Qualitative interview content -- Study group characteristics -- Kin group details -- The Yates: Sarah Yates's kin group -- The Archers: Shula Archer's kin group -- The Simpsons: Julie Simpson's kin group -- The Kings: Avril King's kin group -- The Crabtrees: Jean Crabtree's kin group -- The Arkrights: Simone Arkright's kin group -- The Mansfields: Susan Mansfield's kin group -- The Jacksons: Robert Jackson's kin group -- The Frosts: Andrew Frost's kin group -- The Gardners: Tim Gardner's kin group -- The Joneses: Isobel Jones's kin group -- Appendix B: Should relatives be the preferred source of help for someone in need of assistance? Survey findings
Summary Negotiating Family Responsibilities provides a major new insight into contemporary family life, particularly kin relationships outside the nuclear family. While many people believe that the real meaning of 'family' has shrunk to the nuclear family household, there is considerable evidence to suggest that relationships with the wider kin group remain an important part of most people's lives. Based on the findings of a major study of kinship, and including lively verbatim accounts of conversations with family members concepts of responsibility and obligation within family life are examined and the authors expand theories on the nature of assistance within families and argue that it is negotiated over time rather than given automatically
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Subject Family policy -- Great Britain.
Family services -- Great Britain.
Kinship -- Great Britain
Family policy.
Family services.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
Author Finch, Professor Janet V
Mason, Jennifer.
ISBN 0203393201