Festival of Ideas 2013 - Family & Culture in a Changing World - Session 11

Single parents, same-sex couples and blended families: In the year 2013, our understanding of family is much more diverse than in previous decades. Add to this the increasing role of childcare providers and extended family in the upbringing of children, and it's fair to say that new challenges abound. In this session, our thought leaders will consider whether families are becoming more or less functional outside the traditional nuclear model, and how economic instability, cultural differences and technological advances have redefined our life stages.