Skip to main content

To what extent has theory and research on families been successful in transcending the individual-society dualism?

Milton, Damian (2010) To what extent has theory and research on families been successful in transcending the individual-society dualism? Open University. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The family can be seen as central to an individual’s social and psychological life. From the earliest inception of social science disciplines, the family has therefore become a much researched topic to study. As psychologists and sociologists attempted to establish their respective disciplines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ‘positivistic’ notions of the use of scientific principles of research and methodology became dominant, in order to gain credibility in academia against the established ‘hard’ sciences and humanities. This dualism between the subject disciplines aided the establishment of research into family life that often separated its individual and social aspects. Developing concurrently with positivist methodologies and the growing gap in individual-society dualisms, was the rise of dissenting voices to this dualism that recognised this tension in the production of knowledge and the lives people inhabited.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled keywords: Family, Individual-society dualism, social psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 16:51 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62727 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Milton, Damian: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3825-6194
  • Depositors only (login required):

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year