Modernity and matrifocality: The feminization of kinship?

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The extensive analytical focus on how gender relations in working lives, employment, education, political engagement and public life change under modernity needs extension into a consideration of the ways in which kinship and relatedness have also been changing. This article argues that relatedness under modernity tends towards matrifocality. This is explored through looking at broad patterns of social change in kinship practices across a range of societies experiencing transitions towards modernities over the past fifty years, and at how state and NGO development and social protection programmes contribute to this matrifocal turn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalDevelopment and Change
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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