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Book Launch: 'Family Rhythms: The Changing Textures of Family Life in Ireland'

Thursday, December 1, 2016
TRiSS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

The Departments of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University, in association with Trinity Research in Social Sciences (TRiSS), are launching  a new book, Family Rhythms: The Changing Textures of Family Life in Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2016). The book is co-authored by Dr David Ralph of the Sociology Department, Trinity College, along with Professor Jane Gray of Maynooth University and Ruth Geraghty from the Centre for Effective Services.

Date:     Thursday, December 1
Time:    5.30-7.00pm
Venue:  TRiSS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

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'Family Rhythms' is the first textbook of its kind with an explicit focus on Ireland and Irish families. Uniquely, the book draws on original in-depth interviews with people of different ages to introduce contemporary scholarship on the family and to illustrate how Irish families have adapted and changed over time. With chapters on childhood, adolescence, parenting and grandparenthood, the book shows the resilience of families in different social and historical contexts. Each chapter includes a discussion of the challenges that face families and how social research can inform policy makers' responses.

Family rhythms is a comprehensive, user-friendly textbook that offers a variety of strategies for engaging readers, including direct encounters with qualitative data through the use of classroom oriented discussion panels. Synopses of landmark Irish studies are included throughout, bringing the insights from these key studies together in a single textbook for the first time.

About the Authors

Jane Gray is Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University. Her published research centres on questions relating to families, households and social change. Currently, she is a national coordinator and work package leader in the FP7 funded project, RESCuE, examining patterns of family and household resilience in different European states. She is also lead investigator on the project ‘Supporting low-income working families: enabling resilience,’ co-funded by the Irish Research Council and Department of Social Protection.  

Ruth Geraghty is a social researcher with a particular interest in social data archives. She has worked in research both in the university and public sector since 2008, and in 2012 she joined the research team for the Family Rhythms project at Maynooth University. She is currently based with the Children’s Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Centre for Effective Services in Dublin.

David Ralph is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin. His teaching and research interests centre on families, migration, and gender. His previous book was a monograph, Work, Family and Commuting in Europe (Palgrave, 2015), which examined competing work and family commitments among a mobile group of EU commuters.