Family Fortunes: The British Family

Has the British family undergone an unparalleled breakdown since the 1960s, as is often claimed? Pat Thane argues that there never was a golden age of domestic bliss.

There is a widespread belief, especially in some political and media circles, that since the 1960s there has been a breakdown of family life in Britain on a scale without historical precedent. Such a claim may result, among other things, in policy responses based on false assumptions about the history of the family.

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