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`This is an engaging book that makes an important contribution to our understanding of twinship. Underpinned by a sociological theoretical framework and brought to life by the detailed perspectives of twins, their siblings nad their parents, the book offers new and challenging insights.'---Paul Connolly, Professor of Education, Queen's University Belfast, UK
`This is a timely addition to the growing research on the sociology of siblingship. It is an accessibly written and comprehensive text which fills a gap by offering great insights into the social construction of twinship.'---Dr Samantha Punch, University of Stirling, UK
`At last, a sophisticated but accessible socio-culturally informed, life course analysis of twins and twinship. Bacon's study of British twins stands out from more traditional arenas of twin research with its sustained focus on twin and twins' identities as complex, sometimes contradictory, social constructions. As a sociologist, Bacon incorporates multiple perspectives including those of parents, researchers and different types of twins themselves. Twins in Society makes a welcome and timely contribution to the twin research literature.'---Dona Lee Davis, Professor of Anthropology, University of South Dakota, USA
What does it mean to be a twin? To what extent can twins shape or `escape' their identities as twins? By examining the accounts and experiences of child twins, adult twins and parents of twins, Twins in Society explores some answers to these questions. It investigates the opportunities and constraints that twins face in negotiating their identities and explores how twins' experiences vary and change as they move through life. Whilst taking account of how social expectations about `twins',`childhood' and `adulthood' impact on twins' lives, this book explores the active role that twins themselves take in shaping their own identities. It shows how, by utilising their bodies, physical space and talk, twins variously play up and play down their identities as twins. As well as being of interest to those who want to know more about twins, this book will appeal to students interested in the social study of childhood, siblingship and identity.