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Beyond the Nuclear Family: Families in a Configurational Perspective
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Beyond the Nuclear Family: Families in a Configurational Perspective (Paperback)

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The importance of significant family contexts that are not easily circumscribed with reference to a household or a limited set of family roles has been underlined throughout the last two decades by researchers. A strong interest for family relationships beyond the nuclear family has emerged in the social sciences. The various contributions to this book develop a configurational approach to families, which emphasizes interdependencies existing among large numbers of family members, and reconsiders some of the central issues of family life in this light: fertility projects, childcare and socialization, monetary transfers across generations and support for the elderly, relationships with grandparents, uncles, aunts and in-laws, gender inequalities, divorce and other family disruptions, and the importance of friends and acquaintances for families. Beyond very real changes affecting the structures of family life since the sixties, the book reveals that basic forms of togetherness still underlie much of what is going on in family configurations.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang Publication Date: 09/09/2008 ISBN-13: 9783039117048  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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The Editors: Eric D. Widmer is professor of sociology at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), with an appointment at the Lemanic Center for Life course and lifestyle studies (Pavie). His long-term interests include family relations, life course research and social networks. He is the author of various books and articles on family configurations, conjugal functioning and life trajectories. Riitta Jallinoja is professor of family sociology at the University of Helsinki, Department of Sociology. Her long-term interests include women's studies, modernization, social movements, family, emotions, and qualitative methods. She has published several books in Finnish and articles in English.

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