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dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Simon*
dc.contributor.authorSmith, D.*
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-22T09:43:02Z
dc.date.available2009-01-22T09:43:02Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationDuncan S and Smith D (2006) Individualisation versus the geography of new families. 21st Century Society. 1(2): 167-189.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/2238
dc.descriptionNoen
dc.description.abstractAccording to leading sociological theorists we have now entered a 'late modern' epoch of 'de-traditionalisation' and 'individualisation'. Families are crucial in this vision, where the social ties of kinship and marriage are weakened, increasingly replaced by the project of self. In this paper we take three geographical indices of central elements of the individualisation thesis, examining the distribution in Britain of same sex couples, births to cohabitants, and mothers' withdrawal from the worker role. Analysis of all three indices give support to two levels of criticism of individualisation theory. First, pre-existing social structures have not gone away; the prevalence and the effect of the components of family form and change examined here seem deeply influenced by pre-existing local structural conditions. Secondly, the analysis supports the criticism that while people might indeed have more room for manoeuvre in late modern society, and may well be less constrained by older traditions, this does not necessarily mean individualisation. The behavioural components of individualisation theory may be a non-sequitor from the observation of changing family forms. We conclude that it seems likely that individualisation may be better conceptualised as one part of pre-existing social and structural processes, and that its behavioural assumptions are unjustified.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://doi.org/10.1080/17450140600906955en
dc.rights© 2006 Taylor & Francis: Routledge. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.en
dc.subjectIndividualisationen
dc.subjectFamily changeen
dc.subjectCohabitationen
dc.subjectSame-sex couplesen
dc.subjectMothersen
dc.subjectEmploymenten
dc.titleIndividualisation versus the geography of new familiesen
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.type.versionAccepted manuscripten
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-18T02:19:15Z


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