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Reinventing the Family


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Preface to the English Edition. Acknowledgements. Chapter 1: The New Confusion about the Family. Chapter 2: When Divorce Becomes Normal. Chapter 3: Life as a Planning Project. Chapter 4: Generational Contract and Gender Relations. Chapter 5: We Want a Special Child. Chapter 6: Towards the Multicultural Family. Notes. References. Index.

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Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim is Professor of Sociology at the University of Erlangen.


"This book is a ?must-read' for those interested in where family diversity is leading in terms of present-day relations between the sexes and generations, and the increasing tensions and incompatible demands of employment and family care. Beck-Gernsheim blends careful appraisal of evidence with bold speculation about future trends. She brings a welcome note of optimism, suggesting that the ?reinvention' of family life expands opportunities, and that multicultural families can help heal ethnic and national divides. The book provides a new and relevant angle on old debates about family decline, family diversity, and social change. Beck-Gernsheim makes clear why family is much more than just another lifestyle choice." Jackie Scott, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge

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