Family Continuity and Change

Contemporary European Perspectives

  • Vida Česnuitytė
  • Detlev Lück
  • Eric D. Widmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Vida Česnuitytė, Eric D. Widmer, Detlev Lück
    Pages 1-5
  3. Family Understandings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Sara Mazzucchelli, Giovanna Rossi, Maria Letizia Bosoni
      Pages 87-114
  4. Family Across the Individual Life Course

  5. Family Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Gerardo Meil, Pedro Romero-Balsas, Jesús Rogero-García
      Pages 245-267
    3. Detlev Lück, Eric D. Widmer, Vida Česnuitytė
      Pages 313-328
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-346

About this book


This volume provides readers with recent sociological approaches to family understanding, theorising and practices within the context of continuities and change, both across generations and during individual life courses. The contributors uniquely investigate the friction between persisting family needs and changing circumstances, between holding on to traditional family norms and adapting to fast-changing demands. Authors from nine countries develop and apply innovative theoretical and methodological approaches for a more differentiated description of European family lives at the beginning of the 21st century, and show that family sociology has achieved significant commonalities across national borders in Europe, thus helping our understanding of complex family realities.

The book will be essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in family and intimate life, family sociology and policy, sociology and gender studies.



culture divorce adulthood childhood parenting sociology fathers mothers life course individualisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Vida Česnuitytė
    • 1
  • Detlev Lück
    • 2
  • Eric D. Widmer
    • 3
  1. 1.Mykolas Romeris University VilniusLithuania
  2. 2.Federal Institute for Population ResearchWiesbadenGermany
  3. 3.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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