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The changing textures of family life in Ireland

Family Rhythms is a comprehensive, user-friendly text that opens a new window on family change in Ireland. The authors draw on major new qualitative longitudinal datasets to develop a rich account of continuity and change in the textures, meanings and rhythms of family life in Ireland since the early years of the state. Consistent with the recent turn to more inductive approaches in family studies, the book focuses on changing everyday practices in different family life stages: childhood, early adulthood, the middle years and grandparenthood. Readers acquire insights on the diverse experiences of family life from different historical and generational points of view and on the associated challenges for social policy. Throughout, qualitative findings are placed in the context of societal shifts in demography, value systems, household economies, and patterns of kinship, community and public life. For each life stage, the Irish experience is also placed in a comparative European context. The book includes a state-of-the-art introduction to contemporary sociological perspectives on family life and introduces readers to the wealth of historical and contemporary research on family life in Ireland. Highlighted panels invite readers to look in more detail at selected landmark Irish studies and to explore extracts from the qualitative data for themselves.

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Jennifer Ward

As with marriage, the woman’s relationship to her husband and children has to be seen within the framework of canon and common law, the Church being concerned with the marriage itself, and the royal courts with property. Throughout the period, the family and its continuity were regarded as of prime importance, and the birth of the heir, preferably a son, was considered

in Women of the English Nobility and Gentry, 1066-1500
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A lived religious history of English Catholicism, 1945–82
Author: Alana Harris

Drawing upon a multi-disciplinary methodology employing diverse written sources, material practices and vivid life histories, Faith in the Family seeks to assess the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the ordinary believer, alongside contemporaneous shifts in British society relating to social mobility, the sixties, sexual morality, and secularisation. Chapters examine the changes in the Roman Catholic liturgy and Christology, devotion to Mary, the rosary and the place of women in the family and church, as well as the enduring (but shifting) popularity of Saints Bernadette and Thérèse.

Appealing to students of modern British gender and cultural history, as well as a general readership interested in religious life in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century, Faith in the Family illustrates that despite unmistakable differences in their cultural accoutrements and interpretations of Catholicism, English Catholics continued to identify with and practise the ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ before and after Vatican II.

Health, medicine and care in Wales, 1600-1750
Author: Alun Withey

This book provides a complete reappraisal of Welsh medical history in the early modern period. It investigates some of the factors affecting the types and spread of disease in Wales. Studies of disease and the body in popular cultural sources, such as poetry and vernacular verse, contribute to a wider assessment of a 'Welsh' bodily concept. The book explores the importance of geography and regional variation in affecting the sickness experience. It then examines the pathways through which medical information travelled in Wales, through detailed analyses of both oral and literate cultures in early modern Wales. The book also investigates medical material culture within the home in early modern Wales. It further analyses the 'sick role' and the ways in which sufferers both experienced and described their symptoms, foregrounding the growing impact of literacy and letters in sickness self-fashioning. The book looks at the availability of medical care in the early modern community, arguing that sickness served to create a temporary medical family, who provided a comprehensive structure of support from visiting to the provision of physical care. Finally, it argues that Welsh practitioner's desire to adopt English medical nomenclature points to a growing wish to be seen as 'legitimate' practitioners, a view backed up by the increasing numbers of medical licences granted to Welsh physicians.

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History’s poor relation?
Alison Light

9 Family history: history’s poor relation? Alison Light Family history is everywhere, not only on television shows like the BBC’s extremely popular Who Do You Think You Are? or in the newspapers, which frequently carry family stories and old photographs, but in the form of software, maps, books, magazines and vast events such as family history fairs, where gatherings of thousands of people share knowledge and buy things. It is a booming business across Europe, North America and Australia in particular, and has had a huge impact on information science and the

in Emancipation and the remaking of the British imperial world
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Portrayals of the working-class family
Philip Gillett

Most films concerned with working-class life offer some image of the family. In Holiday Camp (d. Ken Annakin, 1947), it is the stable, coherent social unit of the Huggetts. In It Always Rains on Sunday (d. Robert Hamer, 1947), the family generates conflict and divided loyalties, though the film holds out the hope of something better. In Good Time Girl (d. David Macdonald, 1948), the family is

in The British working class in postwar film
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Mass photography, monarchy and the making of colonial subjects
Susie Protschky

might be said to follow the generic format of ‘family albums’. Although the makers and audiences of these collections were not always kin, there are certain analytical benefits to retaining the concept for my purposes here. ‘Family photography’ invokes a vernacular genre characterised by certain social practices as much as visual conventions, following photographic historians Geoffrey Batchen and Gillian Rose. 2 Amateur photographs of royal celebrations in the Indies, especially those that were placed in family albums

in Photographic subjects
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Euro-American orphans, the bildungsroman, and kinship building
Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

4 Family matters: Euro-American orphans, the bildungsroman, and kinship building Implicit in a phrase like ‘loved ones’ is an open-ended notion of kinship that respects the principles of choice and self-determination in defining kin, with love spanning the ideologically contrasting domains of biological family and families we create. (Weston, 1997: 183) As we have seen in Chapter 3, contemporary orphan tales typically foreground alternative, or non-normative, families. In this chapter we focus on John Irving’s The Cider House Rules (1985), and Kaye Gibbons

in Making home
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Guy Austin

Chabrol’s depiction of the middle classes usually concentrates on the family. The rituals of the bourgeois household, above all those of the dinner table, are the focus for his dissection of manners and morals in A double tour (1959), La Muette (1965), La Femme infidèle (1968) and Que la bête meur e (1969). If the Hélène cycle as a whole tends to balance satire with idealisation, La Muette

in Claude Chabrol
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Douglas Morrey and Alison Smith

prohibition and devout veneration (Hollier 1995 : 143–4). The secret society, which unites its members in the shared burden of an inviolable secret, operates, as the Collège de Sociologie argued, 1 a kind of displacement of the taboos that organised primitive societies. In later films by Rivette, the community depicted is precisely that which is absent from Paris nous appartient and Out 1 : the micro-community of the family

in Jacques Rivette