17 December 2015

In the Name of the Family

The family is one of the most political of social institutions.  Whether it is rivalry between siblings, or arguments over money or acceptable standards of behaviour, the complexities of human relationships can be very challenging.

There can even be disagreements over what to eat, who to spend time with, and what to believe. There are many challenges to be faced when living within family households, and with family expectations more widely.

There are also plenty of conflicting attitudes to be faced when members of households interact with the wider world.

Here are some links about families and society:

Sociology and your family

Family diversity

The idiom of black sheep in the family

Dark clouds - the abuse of power within families, and in other relationships

Violence in family life


It is rare for a family to be entirely free of politics.   How do you respond to incidents of abuse that have occurred in the past in your family, particularly when exploring and reflecting upon your family history?

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