Reinventing the Family: In Search of New Lifestyles
April 2002, Polity
In Reinventing the Family, Beck-Gernsheim describes how
men and women are being confronted with competing and often
incompatible demands. Our areas of personal choice have been
redrawn, but in a space that involves new social regulations and
controls. The talk of ‘family values' sits uneasily with the
reality of long working-hours, business trips, weekend seminars and
career moves. At work, we are encouraged to pursue competition,
speed and change; at home we are expected to find community and
conciliation. Beck-Gernsheim examines the impact of these
conflicting expectations on the relationships between men, women
and children, and searches for possible solutions.
Reinventing the Family is an important and timely contribution to the growing debate about the family and its future. It will be ideal reading for students of sociology and gender studies, but will also appeal to a wide general readership.
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.
- Considers the future of the family in contemporary society
- Investigates the growing tension between demands at work and at home
- Examines the breakdown of the conventional family unit
- Explores new choices open to individuals and the anxiety over the ensuing loss of stability
- A lively and accessible book on a very topical theme