their own children, and this helped to stabilise foster placements, resulting in fewer disruptions for the foster child. Such studies are notable for their richness of analysis and their infrequency. This lack of a mature corpus of research into the multiple worlds of childhood in the UK extends more generally to sibling dynamics. These are much less examined than most other family relationships and even less explored are the complex ‘sibling’ relationships between birth and foster children – a topic to which we now turn with the aim of bringing some modest
37% of the variance in education is shared between Finnish siblings.
This figure was remarkably stable across cohorts born between 1950 and 1989.
39% of the sibling similarity can be explained by parental education.
The contribution of maternal education net of paternal education more than doubled across cohorts.
The research literature on education reproduction between generations is well-developed in various social scientific fields. This attention is justified from multiple perspectives. Education is an important
This research has highlighted the detrimental impact of sibling imprisonment on a particularly vulnerable group who remain largely invisible in terms of policy, practice and research […] it is hoped that the findings highlight the need to pay further research attention to the siblings of offenders. ( Meek, 2008: 273 )
This was the conclusion to an article written over a decade ago, calling for further research on sibling imprisonment. This has not taken place.
The wide-ranging detrimental impacts on children and young people of a parent
The trouble with siblings: some
psychosocial thoughts about sisters,
aggression and femininity
On a recent visit to see my aunt Joan, who was celebrating her 100th birthday, we
were talking about one of her younger sisters, Bina, now 98 years old, who had
gone to live in a nursing home. “She was always able to make friends easily”, said
Joan, “as early as I can remember. I was never like that.” And not for the first time,
Joan went on to tell me how Bina, as a newcomer to the single-room rural Irish
There is no shortage of political and moral commentary on family life. Frequently the underlying theme of these commentaries is the decline of contemporary family commitment, particularly when older people’s family experiences are the focus.
“Family Practices in Later Life” challenges many common stereotypes about the nature of family involvement as people age. The book explores diversity and change in the family relationships older people maintain, looking at how family relationships are constructed and organised in later life. It recognises that the emerging patterns are a consequence of the choices and decisions negotiated within family networks, emphasising older people’s agency in the construction of their family practices. In exploring such themes as long-term marriage, sibling ties in later life and grandparenthood, the book highlights the continued significance of family connection and solidarity in later life, while recognizing that family relationships are inevitably modified over time as people’s social and material circumstances alter.
“Family Practices in Later Life” will be of interest to students, researchers and academics in the fields of social policy, family studies and social gerontology. It provides a valuable contribution to the developing field of critical social gerontology as well as to an understanding of family process.
Gender-based violence extends into sibling relationships.
Experiences with inter-sibling violence differ in important ways for transgender and gender non-binary individuals.
Inter-sibling violence is a gender-based violence and serves as a mechanism of hegemony.
For gender theorists, there are important connections between violence and hegemonic masculinities which promote dominance and control. Connell (2002: 95) suggested that, ‘violence often arises in the construction of masculinities’ whereby individuals
Equality and human rights:
siblings or just rivals?
This article is based on a speech given at the social Justice and Public Policy conference on 6
December 2006 in London. The author was until recently Chair of the Commission of Racial Equality
and has now been appointed as Chair of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights in
Britain. The article sets out his views on the relationship between equality and human rights. It argues
that choices need to be made in politics and public policy in managing tensions between diverse