Family and Kinship in East London Paperback – 1965
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Family And Kinship in East London
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BETHNAL GREEN is part of a country which has been, within living memory, the scene of great social changes, and in this background chapter we shall notice their impact upon married couples. Read the first page Browse Sample Pages
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Drawing their evidence from all areas together ina seamless manner the paint a picture of ife in Bethnal Green where the extended family and wider community are very much part of the individuals life. The role of the mother is especially central representing the key binding force in family life .
The picture is of a happy community, where material wealth is yet to overturn community spirit as the key value.
A section analyses life in a recently created out-of-town estate where many from Bethnal Green have moved to - the authors suggest that the move shows how easy it is to break up a successful organic community and despite the better material quality of life that teh estate represented the overall quality of life was severly diminished.
This book is academic in its basis but is written for the general reader. Anyone interested in social history, community life or Britain would love the book. For the academic there is a lengthy appendix which provides all the details of methodology leaving the book open to necessary academic critique. The average reader can and will ignore this.
Some have criticised the book as romanticising working class life, and it is perhaps the case but definitely the title paints a picture that is hard to ignore.
The book itself provides both qualitative and quantiative evidence surrounding the life of individuals living in the Bethenal Green area and those who were relocated to a 'new town' in the 1950's era. The book explains the family values of individuals and how the family set up was a very close bond. Statistics are used for several points which seem to reinforce the statements and suggestions of the authors. The book also covers impact factors to families such as insecurities about poverty, multi child households, decent accomodation, and immigration.
Whilst this book has a very academic feel to it and seems to be written for the academic in mind, I have also enjoyed reading this book for fun. The build quality of the book is good and it has already withstood me bending the book in half, leaving several pages of notes and being battered in my school bag.
However if you are buying this book for academic reasons please don't get the new edition (the one with the white and silver stripes at the bottom of the front cover) as it doesn't contain the appendix with the in-depth details about how the study was conducted.
It was such a shame that the appendix wasn't included. If it was it would of been by far the best edition to buy.
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