Changing Family Dynamics and Demographic Evolution

The Family Kaleidoscope

Edited by Dimitri Mortelmans, Centre for Longitudinal Life Course Studies (CLLS), University of Antwerp, Koenraad Matthijs, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Elisabeth Alofs, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Free University of Brussels and Barbara Segaert, University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium

Whether considered from an American or a European perspective, the past four decades have seen family life become increasingly complex. Changing Family Dynamics and Demographic Evolution examines the various stages of change through the image of a kaleidoscope, providing new insights into the field of family dynamics and diversity.

‘Very elegantly, the editors use the image of a kaleidoscope to portray the necessity for new research perspectives to enhance understanding of the field of family dynamics in a time of change and increased family diversity – which is exactly what this book contributes. In bringing together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, quantitative and qualitative methods, international comparative studies as well as in-depth case studies, this book offers new and sobering insights to family studies.’
– Trude Lappegård, Statistics Norway, Oslo, Norway

‘Gender issues and the position of the child in the family are conventional issues reflected through the prism of unconventionality: this is a strength of this book. Gender issues, genetic risk, motherhood and fatherhood are diversely explored through international comparative analysis, intersectionality and ethnography, utilising reviews of recent changes in American and European family dynamics. Challenges to theory and policies are the end points in the book but starting points for further multifaceted research.’
– Dimiter Philipov, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria

‘Overall, The Family Kaleidoscope is a very insightful and inspiring volume, which provides the reader with a well-balanced mix of new and needed evidence, innovative topics and approaches, and much
stimulating discussion provoking a large array of thoughts for future research.’
– European Journal of Population

2016 272 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 497 6 £124.20 £95.00 $124.20 $138.00

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