The article addresses - and aims to clarify - longstanding debates concerning historical developments in English kinship patterns. It highlights the importance of kinship from the early modern period to the present while suggesting new categories for conceptualising kinship ties. It moreover goes further to identify similarities between early modern patterns of kinship and household alignment ant those typical of 'new families' today. This innovative analysis aims to be of use for students and scholars alike, in England and beyond.
Naomi Tadmor is Professor of History at Lancaster University. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CON The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Continuity and Change, 25 (Special Issue 1), pp 15-48 2010, © 2010 Cambridge University Press.