Journal Article — A Family of Neglect and “Dysfunction”: Personal Blames or Structural Constraints? — by L. Z.




Using various sociological concepts and perspectives, in this article the author presents a case study of a family where the personal troubles of parents (substance abuse and alcoholism) translate into neglect for the children’s well being. The impact of parents’ addiction on their own career, employment situation, and parenting duties are contrasted with the children’s efforts at finding alternative ways of doing family with others, and providing for themselves to make ends meet, at the expense of their educational and career outcomes.

Recommended Citation

Z., L.,  2007. “A Family of Neglect and “Dysfunction”: Personal Blames or Structural Constraints?.” Pp. 125-136 in Insiders/Outsiders: Voices from the Classroom (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume V, Issue 2, 2007.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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