How has family life changed in Europe in recent decades?

New book edited by Michaela Kreyenfeld and Norbert Schneider tracks latest developments in family sociology.

A new book edited by Hertie School Professor of Sociology Michaela Kreyenfeld and Norbert F. Schneider, Director of Germany’s Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), explores how family life has radically changed in recent decades.

The comprehensive Research Handbook on the Sociology of the Family was published in English by Edward Elgar in June 2021, and includes contributions from top international scholars on the family. It tracks the latest developments and trends in research, with a particular focus on Europe. 

Contributors address current debates and offers insights on the division of housework, family forms and living arrangements, intergenerational relationships, partner choice, divorce and fertility behaviour.

“The book is great for teaching because it gives a state-of-the art overview of all topics on European family sociology,” says Kreyenfeld. “But it is also a research handbook. It’s an introduction into key critical issues in family sociology in terms of theory and methods, but also provides avenues for future research in this area.”

Watch Professor Kreyenfeld speak about her book in the video below:

The book is available as an open access publication, and each individual chapter can be downloaded separately from the internet. 

Contributors include: M.A. Adler, G. Andersson, L. Baldassar, C. Berghammer, L. Bernardi, A. Berrington, J. Bradshaw, M. Bujard, E. Cukrowska-Torzewska, P. Dykstra, J. Ehmer, M. Eriksson Kirsch, A. Esteve, M. Evertsson, A.E. Fasang, A. Geerts, D. Grunow, A. Herz, M. Kilkey, D. Konietzka, M. Kreyenfeld, N.M. Legewie, K. Lenz, C. Liu, A. Matysiak, L. Merla, D. Mortelmans, B. Nauck, G. Neyer, R. Nieuwenhuis, J. Passet-Wittig, N.F. Schneider, W. Sigle, J. Skopek, T. Sobotka, O. Sullivan, J. Van Bavel, G. Viry, E. Widmer, R. Wilding, U. Zartler. 

Find the book at Elgar here

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