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Family, Kinship and State in Contemporary Europe, Vol. 2

The View From Below: Nineteen Localities

Kinship is at the heart of European society, sharing with the state responsibility for welfare and social reproduction. But the workings of kinship and their connection to state policies remain controversial. Received theories have had to be revised in the light of social and demographic change and accumulating evidence of long-standing cultural differences. 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 examine these issues and introduce readers to the types of kin relationships found around contemporary Europe.

In this volume the authors report the findings of a comparative ethnographic study – looking at the local reality of family life, its practical constraints, and the support and control offered by wider kinship and community ties, in nineteen localities across Europe. The ethnographic chapters are placed in context by a quantitative comparison of kinship networks and by opening and concluding chapters focusing on kinship theory and the sustainability of kinship and community ties.

505 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2010

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Table of Contents

Family, kinship and state in contemporary Europe: a brief overview of the three-volume series
     Patrick Heady

1   Introduction: care, kinship and community—the view from below
     Patrick Heady
2   The quantitative background
     Patrick Heady, Siegfried Gruber and Tuba Bircan
3   Two Austrian localities
     Peter P. Schweitzer, Gertraud Seiser and Elisabeth Strasser
4   Two Croatian localities
     Carolin Leutloff-Grandits, Danijela Birt and Tihana Rubić
5   Three French localities
     Martine Segalen, Sophie Chevalier, Georges Augustins, Vanessa Manceron, 
     Laurent Amiotte-Suchet and Anne Sourdril
6   Two German localities
     Tatjana Thelen and Astrid Baerwolf
7   Three Italian localities
     Nevill Colclough, Carlo Capello, Simone Ghezzi and Claudio Lorenzini
8   Three Polish localities
     Michal Buchowski, Izabela Kolbon, Monika Kwiecińska-Zdrenka and Agata Stanisz
9   Two Russian localities
     Alexander Nikulin, Constantin Poleshuk, Elizaveta Polukhina, Irina Solodova and Anna Turchik
10 Two Swedish localities
     David Gaunt and Hans Marks
11 Models and contexts: commonalities and issues
     Peter P. Schweitzer


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