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Research Handbook on the Sociology of the Family

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Research Handbook on the Sociology of the Family

9781788975537 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Norbert F. Schneider, Professor of Sociology, Federal Institute for Population Research, Wiesbaden and Michaela Kreyenfeld, Professor of Sociology, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 553 7 Extent: c 552 pp
Exploring how family life has radically changed in recent decades, this comprehensive Research Handbook tracks the latest developments and trends in scholarly work on the family. With a particular focus on the European context, it addresses current debates and offers insights into key topics including: the division of housework, family forms and living arrangements, intergenerational relationships, partner choice, divorce and fertility behaviour.

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Exploring how family life has radically changed in recent decades, this comprehensive Research Handbook tracks the latest developments and trends in scholarly work on the family. With a particular focus on the European context, it addresses current debates and offers insights into key topics including: the division of housework, family forms and living arrangements, intergenerational relationships, partner choice, divorce and fertility behaviour.
 
Bringing together contributions from leading family sociologists, the Research Handbook examines important questions: have family patterns across different countries become more similar, or have differences between countries and social groups increased over time? How diverse are family forms across different countries? How do conventional theories explain these patterns? And what are the major innovations in theorising and describing family behaviour? In order to resolve these key points, the chapters provide an overview of past and present developments in scholarly work on European families. They also present concise overviews of theories, methods, critical debates, empirical findings and pathways for future research.
 
Its analysis of important areas of research in the field will make this Research Handbook a valuable resource for scholars and students of sociology, demography, and family and gender policy. It will also be beneficial for policy experts in these fields.
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‘The contributors to this book are an impressive group of scholars who have conducted leading research on European families. Individual chapters provide clear and comprehensive roadmaps to an extensive variety of topics in family research. Especially impressive are several thoughtful discussions of classic and emerging theory that should be required reading for anyone embarking on a sociological study of family life. A particular strength of the theoretical discussions and research reviews is their engagement with innovative understandings of gender in families and societies.’
– Elizabeth Thomson, Stockholm University, Sweden and University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Contributors
Contributors include: M.A. Adler, G. Andersson, L. Baldassar, C. Berghammer, L. Bernardi, A. Berrington, J. Bradshaw, M. Bujard, E. Cukrowska-Torzewska, P. Dykstra, J. Ehmer, M. Eriksson Kirsch, A. Esteve, M. Evertsson, A.E. Fasang, A. Geerts, D. Grunow, A. Herz, M. Kilkey, D. Konietzka, M. Kreyenfeld, N.M. Legewie, K. Lenz, C. Liu, A. Matysiak, L. Merla, D. Mortelmans, B. Nauck, G. Neyer, R. Nieuwenhuis, J. Passet-Wittig, N.F. Schneider, W. Sigle, J. Skopek, T. Sobotka, O. Sullivan, J. Van Bavel, G. Viry, E. Widmer, R. Wilding, U. Zartler

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