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Sociological Theories of the Family

6. Family Practices and Family Display

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the concepts of 'family practices' and 'family display', focusing in particular on: (i) the work of David Morgan and the view that families are better understood in terms of practices (i.e. what they do) rather than structure (i.e. what they look like); (ii) the work of Janet Finch and the concept of 'family display'; and (iii) Vicki Harman's work on the kind of 'family display' that takes place in children's lunchboxes (i.e. what they've been given for lunch).

References:
– D. Morgan, Family Connections: An Introduction to Family Studies (1996)
– J. Finch, 'Displaying Families', Sociology 41 (2007), pp. 65-81
– V. Harman and B. Cappellini, 'Unpacking fun food and children's leisure: Mothers' perspectives on preparing lunchboxes', Young Consumers Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers (2014), pp. 312-22

Course

In this course, Dr Vicki Harman (University of Surrey) explores the sociology of the family. In the first module, we think about the different ways in which we might define the word 'family', as well as considering some of the alternative concepts that have found currency in recent sociological research, e.g. 'household', 'personal life'. In the following three modules, we explore functionalist, Marxist, and feminist approaches to the family, before turning in the fifth module to consider how the nature of the family and of family life has changed over time. In the sixth and final module, we think about the concepts of 'family practices' and 'family display', including the work of David Morgan and Janet Finch.

Lecturer

Dr Vicki Harman is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Her research interests include family life, motherhood and gender. She is co-editor of Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home (2019) and Mothering, Mixed Families and Racialised Boundaries (2015), and author of The Sexual Politics of Ballroom Dancing (2018).

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Harman, V. (2021, August 23). Sociological Theories of the Family - Family Practices and Family Display [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/sociological-theories-of-the-family/family-practices-and-family-display

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Harman, V. "Sociological Theories of the Family – Family Practices and Family Display." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 23 Aug 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/sociological-theories-of-the-family/family-practices-and-family-display

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