Coresidence as a Mechanism of Relational Proximity: The Impact of Household Trajectories on the Diversification of Personal Networks

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For a long time, the household unit—that is, the ‘ménage’—has been a privileged doorway to study family and personal life (Laslett 1972; Wall 2005). Yet, the transformations of family arrangements associated with divorce, informal cohabitation, migration, and ageing alongside the pluralization of the life course have been challenging the heuristic potential of the household unit to capture family meanings and practices (Bonvalet and Lelièvre 2013). More recent approaches (e.g., the configurational perspective) highlight the importance of focusing instead on the networks of meaningful relationships in which individuals are embedded in their everyday lives that can go beyond the limits of the household (Widmer 2010).


Birth Cohort Network Member Young Cohort Personal Network Relational Proximity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) at the University of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.LIVES National Research CentreUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) at the University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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