Family display, family type, or community? Limitations in the application of a concept
Walsh, Julie; McNamee, Sally; Seymour, Julie
In this paper we develop the concept of family display by responding to David Morgan’s suggestion that researchers should consider whether ‘family displays’ are used to convey a ‘type’ of Family. We do so by applying the concept to the accounts of migrant family children living in an English city, and those of adults that grew-up in Mennonite communities in Mexico and Canada. Analysis uniquely shows that migrant family children do display a type of ‘Family’, and that this is influenced by familial constructs privileged by intended audiences. We contribute further by arguing that whilst some families do display core values attached to Family ‘types’, this is not the case in the example of the Mennonite community and researchers should be cognisant of applying this concept to all contexts. This is because the priority for display may not be the presentation of legitimate Family, but other features of collective identity.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Journal||Families, Relationships and Societies|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Walsh, J., McNamee, S., & Seymour, J. (2019). Family display, family type, or community? Limitations in the application of a concept. Families, Relationships and Societies, https://doi.org/10.1332/204674319x15647592551202|
|Keywords||Belonging; Childhood; Community, Family; Family display|
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