Families and the State

Changing Relationships

  • Sarah Cunningham-Burley
  • Lynn Jamieson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Family and the State: An Introduction

    1. Lynn Jamieson, Sarah Cunningham-Burley
      Pages 1-26
  3. Debating Family State Relations

  4. The Family and the State across the Lifecourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Alan Tapper
      Pages 109-124
  5. Challenging the State Framing of Social Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Beverley Prevatt Goldstein
      Pages 127-140
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-212

About this book


How possible is it for the state to steer family values and relationships? How do we assess claims of harm and benefit from state action and inaction? What kind of engagement should we seek between the state and our personal lives? The evidence presented includes state engagements with separating couples, lone parents, retired people, black families, disabled people, pregnant teenagers and young people negotiating adulthood. The range of perspectives, data, and cross-nation-state comparisons, helps readers to come to their own conclusions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Cunningham-Burley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lynn Jamieson
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Research on Families and RelationshipsUK
  2. 2.Division of Community Health SciencesUniversity of EdinburghUK
  3. 3.School of Social and Political StudiesUniversity of EdinburghUK

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