ABSTRACT

The unchangeableness of the changing families as systems of nurture, care and socialisation of their members is ubiquitous. Moreover, the nurture, family connectedness, and cultural inputs for members through socialisation are still manifested strongly in the Asian contexts including India. There is, however, a need for mapping the scenarios of contemporary families in the wake of the impact of forces such as globalisation, industrialisation, and information technology revolution in these societies. In order to comprehend the impact of these forces on families, we used intersectionality lens to understand the influences, shifts, and changing trends in families. Using multidisciplinary approach, we attempted to trace the emergence of family diversity, transitions in family forms, and their functional manifestations in the changing social and demographic contexts. The different chapters in the book are reviewed keeping the above framework in mind to understand the changes in families across social and geographical boundaries, emergent family diversity, impact of media and technology on families, and the role of the state in responding to these changes. This chapter is expected to contribute to the current discourse on contemporary families and also to inform policy and practice.