This book analyses the dynamics of the development of family structure in India over the past few decades. It captures the diversities and challenges of contemporary families and provides a culture and region-specific overview of how families adapt and change generationally.

The book explores the paradigms of understanding family life in India through illustrations which trace patterns of family formations in the context of large-scale social, economic and media-driven changes. Besides discussing the ongoing debates on the sociology of family, the chapters in this volume also look at diverse families experiencing poverty, conflict and displacement and demystifies families with members having a disability or non-normative sexual orientation.

The book will be useful to students and researchers of various disciplines, such as sociology, social work, family studies, women’s studies and anthropology.

chapter |22 pages


ByMahima Nayar, Srilatha Juvva

chapter 1|19 pages

New faces of the Indian family in the 21st century

Some explorations 1
ByTulsi Patel

chapter 2|33 pages

Family studies in India

Historical development, debates, and future directions
ByB. Devi Prasad

chapter 3|18 pages

Media, technology and family

The changing dynamics of interaction 1
ByTara Nair

chapter 4|21 pages

A slum and a desert

Structural violence perspective on the survival of families experiencing poverty
ByRuchi Sinha, Pekham Basu

chapter 5|15 pages

Families in conflict zones

The case of Central India
ByIlina Sen

chapter 6|15 pages

Women, family and the everyday struggle facing conflicts 1

A case of Kashmir
ByFarrukh Faheem

chapter 7|23 pages

Making sense

Familial journeys towards acceptance of gay and lesbian family members in India 1
ByKetki Ranade, Chayanika Shah, Sangeeta Chatterji

chapter 8|19 pages

Deaf families

Understanding issues of two generations
BySandhya Limaye

chapter 9|21 pages

Families of the future

Some reflections
ByB. Devi Prasad, Srilatha Juvva