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Informal carers in the context of late modernity must negotiate two potentially conflicting discourses. One is associated with a post-traditional and increasingly individualized society characterized by ‘pure’ relationships with an emphasis on authenticity and choice. The other is a more...
This article explores the question ‘Why do fathers resist paying child support?’ through interviews with 26 separated or divorced non-residential fathers in Australia. Drawing on Zelizer’s typology we argue that the men in this study attempt to define child support as a gift — a payment...
A central task in sociology is to make links between the micro world of events in everyday life and wider social structures and long-term processes of change. This is particularly evident in studying the impact of globalization on local cultural life. I argue that case studies are a good method...
Research with groups of people who are identified as ‘marginalized’, ‘vulnerable’ or ‘hard-to-reach’ faces a variety of methodological challenges. This article describes the reflections and experiences of conducting research with a group of excluded young people of African Caribbean...
Sociology has traditionally been concerned with problems of social order and meaning, and with how modern societies confronted these challenges when religion was in apparent decline, yet classical sociologists struggled to reconcile within their analyses the (dis)ordering and meaningful...
The rise of scientific specializations and disciplines depends on the formation of specialized scientific communities. The establishment of specialized scholarly journals facilitates the formation of such communities or networks. Publications, especially articles in specialized journals, have...
There is a lively debate in sociology about the consequences of what is seen as growing individualism, especially the capacity of individualism for realizing collective outcomes. Research on personal communities offers one solution to this dilemma, evaluating friendship as a source of social...
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