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Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Divorce, Families and Emotion Work

'Only Death Will Make Us Part'

Authors: Moore, Elena

  • Pays attention to the oft-neglected emotional, relational and familial aspects of post-divorce everyday family practices
  • Presents findings froma longitudinal study spanning 10 years
  • Explores legal and policy developments surrounding divorce across different regions
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About this book

“This book is a carefully researched, clearly written, very important contribution to our understanding of divorce.” —Arlie Hochschild, University of California, USA

“This rich, evidence-informed narrative provides a frank, ‘up close and personal’ portrait of the aftermath of marriage dissolution.” — Mary Corcoran, Maynooth University, Ireland

“Moore throws a welcome light on the moral identities and gendered inequalities of parenting after separation.” — Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton, UK

This book focuses on parental commitment to family life after divorce, in contrast to its common perception as an irrevocable breaking up of the family unit, which is often perpetuated by representations from popular culture and the media. In the first detailed review of emotions and emotion work undertaken by divorced parents, the author sheds light on how parents manage feelings of guilt, fear, on-going anger and everyday unhappiness in the course of family life post-divorce. Moore demonstrates how the emotional dimension of divorce is shaped by societal and structural factors and requires parents to undertake considerable emotion work in the creation of new moral identities. The book points to the often gendered responsibilities for sustaining family lives post separation, and how these reflect extensive inequalities in family practices.  The author concludes that divorce is not dangerous for society; it is not a social evil or a demonstration of the rise of selfish individualism, and that divorcees remain committed to former partners and children long after divorce. 

This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of Sociology, Psychology, Family Studies, Social Policy, Social Work and Law.

About the authors

Elena Moore is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Families and Societies Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Reviews

“The primary aim of the study was to demonstrate that the emotional connectedness of marriage and parenting is not terminated by divorce and continues for many years afterward. … this book does afford a needed balance to the overemphasis of divorce research on its effects upon children. And the categories she has devised can provide researchers a suggestive scheme for additional studies in this domain.” (David Elkind, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (24), June, 2017)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Moore, Elena

    Pages 1-15

  • Changing Families and Regulating Change in Family Life

    Moore, Elena

    Pages 17-52

  • Understanding Families and Personal Relationships

    Moore, Elena

    Pages 53-80

  • Egalitarians, Guilt and Shame

    Moore, Elena

    Pages 81-112

  • Dependants: Living Between Fear and Freedom

    Moore, Elena

    Pages 113-149

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43822-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43821-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Divorce, Families and Emotion Work
Book Subtitle
'Only Death Will Make Us Part'
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43822-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43822-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43821-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 274
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