There is widespread evidence that the family has undergone profound social changes in the past decades. However, the interpretations of these changes remain diverse and inconsistent, particularly when it comes to international comparative research. This reinterpretation of the empirical evidence has grown from the co-operation of researchers from ten European countries. It overcomes the limitations of international demographic statistics by using sample surveys and the available register data in order to study the interaction of political, economic, and demographic factors in the changing forms of private lives during the 1980s. The standardized framework connects the macro perspective of national policy peculiarities with the micro perspective of an analysis of the changing living arrangements of two cohorts of women--those starting families and those whose children are leaving home. Thus, the book provides new interdisciplinary insights into country-specific information and tools for specific thematic comparisons.
The evidence presented in this study reveals strong and persistent between-nation differences in the ways people adapt their lives, and the choices they have to make between work and family life, to changing circumstances. Confronted with national cultural and political attitudes, as well as differences in institutional designs concerning the family, these differences between nations in the priorities of various forms of family life are explained as the reactions of rational actors to various normative orientations and institutional opportunities.
Provides new country-specific information and tools for specific thematic comparisons and, by using a wide interdisciplinary approach, gives new insights into modern family structures. - Maria Teresa Lopez Lopez. International Social Security Review. April 1998.
1: Klaus Peter Strohmeier and Anton Kuijsten: Family Life and Family Policies in Europe: An Introduction
2: Lisbeth B. Knudsen: Denmark: The Land of the Vanishing Housewife
3: Béatrice Muller-Escoda and Ulla Vogt: France: The Institutionalization of Plurality
4: Gero Federkeil: The Federal Republic of Germany: Polarization of Family Structure
5: Hartmut Wendt: The Former German Democratic Republic: The Normed Family
6: Lynda Clarke and Melanie Henwood: Great Britain: The Lone Parent as the New Norm?
7: Finola Kennedy and Kevin McCormack: Ireland
8: Adele Menniti, Rossella Palomba and Linda Laura Sabbadini: Italy: Changing the Family from Within
9: Anton Kuijsten and Hans-Joachim Schulze: The Netherlands: The Latent Family
10: Tuija Meisaari-Polsa: Sweden: A Case Study of Solidarity and Equality
11: Beat Fux: Switzerland: The Family Neglected by the State
12: Anton Kuijsten and Klaus Peter Strohmeier: Ten Countries in Europe: An Overview
Series: Family Life & Family Policies in Europe : Book 1
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.84