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Family, Kinship and State in Contemporary Europe, Vol. 1

The Century of Welfare: Eight Countries

Over the last few years, a consensus has grown among European policy specialists that the extended family has a central role to play in the provision of social security. If this view is sincere, and not simply an attempt to reduce state welfare budgets, it is necessary for government officials and social scientists to understand how and why family members help each other and in what circumstances they might withhold their aid.

With Family, Kinship and State in Contemporary Europe, the editors and their collaborators have gathered a three-volume array of historical, sociological, and ethnographic data that introduce readers to the types of kin relationships found around contemporary Europe, the strengths and weaknesses of the various systems, and the extent to which each can be influenced—for better or worse—by the state. Historical and comparative analyses track the impact of political and economic change and show how variables such as marriage, cohabitation, and divorce rates; lower fertility; and aging populations interact with the performance and structure of kinship networks.

412 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2010

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Table of Contents

Family, kinship and state in contemporary Europe: introduction to the three-volume series
    Patrick Heady

1   Introduction: the reshaping of family and kin relations in European welfare systems
     Hannes Grandits
2   Welfare as a moral obligation: changing patterns of family support in Italy and the Mediterranean
     Pier Paolo Viazzo and Francesco Zanotelli
3   Strengthening weak ties: Swedish welfare and kinship
     David Gaunt
4   The relationship between family, kin and social security in twentieth-century Germany
     Heidi Rosenbaum and Elisabeth Timm
5   French individualism and kinship ties
     Georges Augustins and Martine Segalen
6   Filling gaps in social security: family and kinship ties in Austria
     Johannes Pflegerl and Christine Geserick
7   Kinship and the welfare state in twentieth-century Croatian transitions
     Hannes Grandits
8   Family and state in twentieth-century Poland
     Leon Dyczewski
9   Kinship ties and family support in twentieth-century Russia
     Irina Trotsuk and Alexander Nikulin
10 Kinship in transformation—measures and models
     Siegfried Gruber and Patrick Heady

Appendix: data sources and derivations

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