The Contemporary Family in France

Partnership Trajectories and Domestic Organization

  • Arnaud Régnier-Loilier

Part of the INED Population Studies book series (INPS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Diversification of Family Trajectories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Wilfried Rault, Muriel Letrait
      Pages 43-68
    3. Arnaud Régnier-Loilier, Zoé Perron
      Pages 69-85
    4. Arnaud Régnier-Loilier, France Prioux
      Pages 87-111
    5. Arnaud Régnier-Loilier
      Pages 139-157
  3. Gender Relations Within the Couple

About this book


This book provides a portrait of the family in France today, revealing many of the deep-seated, demographic changes that have affected French society in recent decades. It first focuses on conjugal and family trajectories, examining union formation, types of union, entry into parenthood, influence of religion, and separation. Next, the book explores domestic organization within the couple. It looks at gender differences in attitudes to task-sharing, division of household and parenting tasks, influence of past partnership history, and changes after a birth.

The book presents a series of studies based on the French version of the international Generations and Gender Survey, a major comparative research project conducted in 20 countries to collect information from individuals aged 18-79 about relationships and processes in the life course. Inside, readers will find insightful analysis of the survey results by sociologists, demographers, and economists, and come to better understand recent demographic and social developments in France as well as the factors influencing them.

The book will appeal to a broad audience of students and researchers interested in family, gender, and intergenerational relations. In addition, as the survey data are comparable across countries, the book will provide researchers with ideas for further research opportunities in Europe and beyond.


Higher female labour force participation Increasingly complex family trajectories Lower Fertility Major sociodemographic changes Other forms of partnership Postponement of union formation and childbearing

Editors and affiliations

  • Arnaud Régnier-Loilier
    • 1
  1. 1.INEDParisFrance

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