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Personal Life Perspective
Beyond Blood Ties
It is a creation of modern western society. It is a new perspective on families, influenced strongly by interactionist ideas, which emphasises the meaning that family members hold and how these shape their actions and relationships.
People in the west, highly value privacy, individualism and their pursuit of self-definition.
In modern times, people have come to think of their personal lives as separate from their work. The common phrase ‘work hard, play hard’ illustrates this mind set.
Growing trend of living more holistically and minimising the rigid distinctions between work and play.
Concept of someone’s personal life tends to be associated with things such as the clothes they wear, their education, their hobbies, their health and personal relationships.
The personal life perspective draws our attention to a range of other personal or intimate relationships that are important to people even though they might not be defined as ‘family’. Examples of these are:
Relationships with friends – ‘like a sister’
Fictive kin – mums best friend who you call auntie
Gay and lesbian chosen family
Relationships with dead relatives – they still impact your way of life
Relationships with pets
These raise questions about what counts as family from the point of view of the individuals involved.
Some parents emphasised the importance of social relationships over genetic ones, in forming family bonds.
e.g. ‘Erin’ defined being a mum in terms of the time and effort she puts into raising her daughter.
Knowing the donor – who’s counted as family?
Lesbian couples – donor treated as ‘real’ second parent
Non-genetic parent – difficult feelings if told child looks like them
Helps us understand how people define their relationships as ‘family’, rather than imposing traditional sociological definitions of the family (based on genes)
Accused of taking too broad a view. By including a wide range of different kinds of personal relationships, we ignore what is special about relationships that are based on blood or marriage.
Rejects the top down view taken by other perspectives.