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Author Milardo, Robert M.
Title The forgotten kin : aunts and uncles / Robert M. Milardo.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Author Milardo, Robert M.
Subject Aunts -- Family relationships.
Uncles -- Family relationships.
Nieces -- Family relationships.
Nephews -- Family relationships.
Description 1 online resource (xxii, 224 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Although much is written about contemporary families, the focus is typically limited to marriage and parenting. In this path-breaking assessment of families, sociologist Robert M. Milardo demonstrates how aunts and uncles contribute to the daily lives of parents and their children. Aunts and uncles complement the work of parents, sometimes act as second parents, and sometimes form entirely unique brands of intimacy grounded in a lifetime of shared experiences. The Forgotten Kin explores how aunts and uncles support parents, buffer the relationships of parents and children, act as family historians, and develop lifelong friendships with parents and their children. This is the first comprehensive study of its kind, detailing the routine activities of aunts and uncles, the features of families that encourage closeness, how aunts and uncles go about mentoring nieces and nephews, and how adults are mentored by the very children for whom they are responsible. This book aims to change the public discourse on families and the involvement of the forgotten kin across generations and households"--Provided by publisher.
"This book is the first in-depth study of aunts and uncles and their relationships with nieces and nephews. It is a book about the core of family relationships, how aunts and uncles are often central players in that field, and how their contributions are important to children, and to parents and their own development. It aims to change the way we think about families and bring it more in line with how families are enacted"--Provided by publisher.
Contents Relational landscapes -- The study -- Describing the relationships -- Essential aunting and uncling -- Mentoring -- Family work -- Friendship -- The social reproduction of aunts and uncles -- Balancing the composition -- Appendix.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780511658594 (electronic bk.)
0511658591 (electronic bk.)
9780511657542 (electronic bk.)
0511657544 (electronic bk.)
9780521516761 (hardback)
0521516765 (hardback)
OCLC # 593286405
Additional Format Print version: Milardo, Robert M. Forgotten kin. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521516761 (DLC) 2009037298 (OCoLC)437115154

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