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.