Local Family Circles and Suburban Social Life in Ireland (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No.43.
Gray, Jane and Corcoran, Mary and Peillon, Michel (2009) Local Family Circles and Suburban Social Life in Ireland (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No.43. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis.
This paper presents some findings from a research project that sought to generate an empirical account of the texture of social life in new Irish suburbs, through a comparative analysis of four suburban areas. The paper focuses on differences in the structure of family and kinship relations in different kinds of suburbs, and suggests some ways in which those differences are linked to levels of attachment to place amongst couples with young children. We found that, in new Irish suburbs, many families continue to have access to family circles in the locality or nearby. They rely more on kin for everyday social support when their children are very young, but the extent to which they increase their reliance on neighbours as children reach primary school age varies according to the socio-demographic composition of the suburb where they live.
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