Beyond the Nuclear Family: Families in a Configurational Perspective

Number of pages401
PublisherBern - Suisse : Peter Lang
  • Population, Famille et Société
Publication date2008

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.

  • Family configurations
Citation (ISO format)
WIDMER, Eric, JALLINOJA, Riitta. Beyond the Nuclear Family: Families in a Configurational Perspective. Bern - Suisse : Peter Lang, 2008. (Population, Famille et Société)
  • PID : unige:23375

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