Family and Space: Rethinking Family Theory and Empirical Approaches

1st Edition

Maya Halatcheva-Trapp, Giulia Montanari, Tino Schlinzig

April 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138497757 - CAT# K350691
Series: Routledge Studies in Family Sociology


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While the ‘spatial turn’ within the social sciences has already nurtured a broad discussion of the relation between the society and space, little attention has so far been paid to the question of what we can learn about families when exploring space in its different facets. This book brings together international authors from the fields of sociology, human geography and anthropology to support the development of space-sensitive and de-territorialized perspectives on the family that reach beyond classical concepts such as the ‘household’ or the ‘nuclear family’. With close attention to the implications of differing relations to space for the social fabric of families, it presents studies of theoretical, empirical and methodological aspects of late-modern family life. Examining the meaning of absence and presence for parenting, the aesthetic and sensual dimensions of everyday family life, and its digital and media-related features aspects, Family and Space considers the value of a range of approaches to researching the spatial elements of family life, including ethnographic accounts, interviews, group discussions, mobile methods and network analyses.

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