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Theories and concepts in family meanings: Track 1

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Family life is constantly being scrutinised, but debates seem to sidestep the question of what ‘family’ really means. The Open University's Megan Doolittle joins four leading academics from the field of sociology to tackle the issues head on. They look at how families communicate and behave, and they talk about family personal life and what is meant by the term 'intimacy'. Finally they discuss the future of family studies. The Open University course DD101 Introducing the social sciences, features similar material to this collection.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 35 mins
  • Updated Monday 9th November 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Sociology
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Track 1: Theories and concepts in family meanings

A short introduction to the album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Theories and concepts in family meanings    A short introduction to the album. Play now Theories and concepts in family meanings
2 Family discourses    Ros Edwards, professor of social policy at the London South Bank University talks about family discourses. Play now Family discourses
3 Family practices and meanings    The Open University's Megan Doolittle talks to David Morgan, a professor at the University of Manchester, about family meanings and practices. Play now Family practices and meanings
4 Intimacy    Lynn Jamieson (The University of Edinburgh) shares her knowledge on intimacy. Play now Intimacy
5 Family personal life    Carol Smart, professor of sociology at The University of Manchester, talks about family personal life. Play now Family personal life
6 The future of family studies    Four sociology professor's talk to The Open University's Megan Doolittie about the future of family studies. Play now The future of family studies