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Visions in monochrome: Families, marriage and the individualisation thesis

Smart, C.C. and Shipman, B. (2004) Visions in monochrome: Families, marriage and the individualisation thesis. British Journal of Sociology, 55 (4). pp. 491-509. ISSN 0007-1315

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This paper takes issue with the way in which the individualisation thesis – in which it is assumed that close relationships have become tenuous and fragile - has become so dominant in ‘new’ sociological theorising about family life. Although others have criticised this thesis, in this paper the main criticism derives from empirical research findings carried out with members of transnational families living in Britain whose values and practices do not fit easily with ideas of individualisation. It is argued that we need a much more complex and less linear notion of how families change across generations and in time.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Blackwell. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in British Journal of Sociology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Choice, individualisation, sociology of the family, transnational families
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Academic Services (Leeds) > Library (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 02 May 2008 16:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2004.00034.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2004.00034.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3764

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