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Representing the Family: How Does the State 'Think Family'?

Cornford, J and Baines, S and Wilson, R (2013) Representing the Family: How Does the State 'Think Family'? Policy and Politics, 41 (1). ISSN 0305-5736

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Abstract

Over the last decade the family and family-centred policies and practices have received increasing attention within the public service agenda, culminating in the emphatic instruction to 'think family' individually, collectively and institutionally. This has occurred at a time when the sociology of the family has increasingly emphasised the difficulties of thinking family in a coherent way. In this article we explore this agenda through an examination of the representational tools with which public service professionals and managers have been recently equipped. We conclude by questioning the adequacy of these tools for effectively representing family relations.

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