Families, Relationships & Societies
An International Journal of Research & Debate
Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) is a social science journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the growing field of families and relationships across the life course. It explores family life, relationships and generational issues from interdisciplinary, social science perspectives, whilst maintaining a solid grounding in sociological theory and methods and a strong policy and practice focus. The title 'Families, Relationships and Societies' encompasses the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures.
International and comprehensive in scope, FRS covers a range of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues, from the complexities of time, space, mobility and social change, to debates around family forms, practices and resources, intergenerational care and support, intimacy, individualisation, inter-dependency, identity, gender and generation. Encouraging methodological innovation, a life course perspective and dynamic approaches, the journal transcends traditional boundaries that typically focus on one life course stage, one configuration of families or relationships, or one society.
Articles and contributions are drawn from disciplines and subject areas across the social sciences and related lifecourse disciplines, for example, sociology, social policy, social work, childhood studies, demography, youth studies, family studies, gender studies, ageing and gerontology, health and social care, education, psychology, social history, socio-legal studies, politics, criminology, and psycho-social studies.
The applied focus of the journal embraces a diverse global field and encourage a critical engagement with policy and practice developments and issues within and across welfare regimes.
Co-editors: Esther Dermott and Tina Miller
Open Space is a unique feature within the journal which provides an opportunity for debates across domains. It provides a dynamic space for critical engagement with contemporary debates, policy and practice initiatives, empirical research and recent publications in the fields of families, relationships and societies. This dialogic section will draw together different viewpoints on a topic, bringing authors into conversation with one another and providing up-to-date perspectives on local and global contexts.
What people are saying about Families, Relationships and Societies
"Families, Relationships, and Societies fills an important niche, providing a forum as dynamic as families themselves to enhance our understanding of the vitality and complexity of relationships today." Jessica L. Collett, University of Notre Dame, USA
"Relate welcomes the forthcoming launch of Families, Relationships and Societies. Relationship formation, functioning and dissolution are central events in people’s lives, and it is crucial that we advance our understanding of changes. We expect this journal to be of great use to policy makers, and to practice-based organisations like ours." Baroness Claire Tyler, CEO, Relate
"Across the world, family practices and ways of ‘doing’ family are undergoing profound changes. This welcome addition to the field will open up new avenues for international scholarship; counter the stereotype that 'family is primarily about parenting’; and challenge us to think critically about the changing relationship between families and the state. It is also refreshing —and timely — to see older people placed centre stage in these considerations." Professor Miriam Bernard, Director, Centre for Social Gerontology, Keele University and President, the British Society of Gerontology
"Intimate relations - within or outside the family institution - are characterized by dramatic changes as well as by a surprising continuity. This makes the area a hot topic for both research and politics and a foundation for the renewed interest in family research and politics. The new journal Families, Relationships and Societies is a most welcome venue for all of us interested in how 'we do, or could do,' intimate relations and families. " Karin Widerberg, University of Oslo, Norway
"This timely journal will provide an essential locus for work on contemporary family relationships. At last there is the space to create a critical mass of work in this important field." Carol Smart, Professor of Sociology, The Morgan Centre, University of Manchester, UK
Abstracting and indexing
Families, Relationships and Societies is abstracted in Social Science Citation Index, Scopus and Social Care Online.
- 'Realising the (troubled) family', 'crafting the neoliberal state'
- "I know I'm a good mum – no one can tell me different." Young mothers negotiating a stigmatised identity through time
- Shades of individualisation: Narratives of middle-class women in a Swiss urban context about the families ‘they live by’
Authors: Kellerhals, Jean; Widmer, Eric
- Gender differences in relationship behaviours and attitudes among married individuals
Author: Yucel, Deniz
- Open Space: Families in an environmental context
Author: Uzzell, David
- From intergenerational transmission to intra-active ethical-generational becoming: Children, parents, crabs and rockpooling
Author: Martens, Lydia
- Family nature clubs: An intergenerational opportunity to foster love of the natural world
Author: D’Amore, Chiara
Lynn Jamieson (Editor in Chief), University of Edinburgh, UK
Mary Holmes (Co-Editor), University of Edinburgh, UK
Alison Koslowski (Co-Editor), University of Edinburgh, UK
Esther Dermott (Open Space Editor), University of Bristol, UK
Tina Miller (Open Space Editor), Oxford Brookes University, UK
Sarah Irwin (Associate Editor), University of Leeds, UK
Tracey Reynolds (Associate Editor), University of Greenwich, UK
Tess Ridge (Associate Editor), University of Bath, UK
Jacqui Gabb (EAB Liaison), Open University, UK
Julia Mortimer (Publisher), Policy Press, UK
Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh, UK
Gudny Bjork Eydal, University of Iceland
Kate Morris, University of Nottingham, UK
Pia Schober, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany
France Widdance Twine, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
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We are currently committed in terms of special issues up to 2018 and have therefore decided to suspend acceptance of special issues proposals for the immediate future.
The Journal will, of course, continue to be ready to consider individual submissions of papers and we will announce the resumption of special issues when this becomes possible.