Family Life and Family Policies in Europe: Volume 2: Problems and Issues in Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | July 1, 2002

EditorFranz-Xaver Kaufmann, Anton Kuijsten, Hans-Joachim Schulze

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Volume 2 of Family Life and Family Policies in Europe is a comparative study of family change in Europe and its dependency on social policy regimes. The authors explore family discourse, family law, single parents, gender relations, the 'new fathers', divorce, and abortion within theframework of national policies vis-a-vis the family. Conventional wisdom assumes that policy decisions affecting the life situation of a population shape different opportunities for private living, particularly in relation to children and the family. But, the authors argue, it would be toosimplistic to assume a direct causal link between welfare policies for the family and developments in the family sector. Family change is in fact mediated by institutional factors as well as by cultural traditions and political intervention. The chapters in this volume deal with the substantial andmethodological problems of ascertaining the impact of different national policy regimes on family change.This volume, in conjunction with Volume 1 (which presents a standardized framework for analysing family development and policies across ten European countries), makes a significant contribution to research in the field of comparative interdisciplinary family science. Together they aim at a betterunderstanding of issues relevant to the European agenda for social policies towards the family.

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Volume 2 of Family Life and Family Policies in Europe is a comparative study of family change in Europe and its dependency on social policy regimes. The authors explore family discourse, family law, single parents, gender relations, the 'new fathers', divorce, and abortion within theframework of national policies vis-a-vis the family....

Franz-Xaver Kaufmann is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bielefeld. Anton Kuijsten (now deceased) was Professor of Demography at the University of Amsterdam. Hans-Joachim Schulze is Professor of Family and Education at the Free University of Amsterdam. Klaus Peter Strohmeier is Professor of Sociology, Urban, and Regional Studie...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:530 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.33 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198233282

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1. Franz-Xaver Kaufmann and Hans-Joachim Schulze: Comparing Family Life in the Frame of National Policies: An Introduction2. Anton Kuijsten: Variation and Change in the Forms of Private Life in the 1980s3. Hans-Joachim Schulze and Hartmann Tyrell: What Happened to the European Family in the 1980s? The Polarization between the Family and other Forms of Private Life4. Paul Vlaardingerbroek: Trends in the Development of Family Law in Europe -- Comparative Perspectives5. Thomas Klein and Johannes Kopp: Divorce in Europe -- A Cohort Approach6. Isabel Madruga Torremocha: Lone-Parenthood and Social Policies for Lone Parents in Families in Europe7. Lisbeth B Knudsen: Induced Abortion and Family Formation in Europe8. Jan Kunzler: Paths towards Modernization of Gender Relations, Policies, and Family Building9. Alois Herlth: The New Fathers: What Does it Mean for Children, Marriage, and for Family Policy10. Klaus Peter Strohmeier: Family Policy -- How Does it Work?11. Beat Fux: Which Models of the Family are Encouraged or Discouraged by Different Family Policies?12. Franz-Xaver Kaufmann: Politics and Policies towards the Family in Europe: A Framework and an Inquiry into their Differences and Convergences

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`Review from other book by this author 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.