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Family, Kinship and State in Contemporary Europe, Vol. 3

Perspectives on Theory and Policy

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.

In this volume the authors use network data to measure the extent of mutual assistance between relatives and explore its connection to residence and marriage patterns, intergenerational relations, gender roles and fertility.  They go on to review the findings of the whole study -- drawing critically on theories of altruism, reciprocity, cultural transmission and socio-economic change.  The book closes with some recommendations for policy.

451 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2010

Sociology: Individual, State and Society

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Table of Contents

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

1   Introduction: towards a political economy of kinship and welfare
     Patrick Heady and Martin Kohli
2   Family, kindred and marriage
     Patrick Heady, Siegfried Gruber and Zhonghui Ou
3   Remembering and forgetting kin
     Michael Schnegg
4   Domestic help
     Siegfried Gruber and Patrick Heady
5   Structural help
     Siegfried Gruber and Patrick Heady
6   Reciprocity and altruism in practical assistance
     Patrick Heady and Zhonghui Ou
7   Close kin influences on fertility behaviour
     Laura Bernardi and Robert G. White
8   Birth rates, values and social patterns
     Patrick Heady, Siegfried Gruber and Zhonghui Ou
9   Linkages among adult family generations: evidence from comparative survey research
     Martin Kohli, Marco Albertini and Harald Künemund
10 The modern reality of kinship: sources and significance of new kinship forms 
     in contemporary Europe
     Martine Segalen
11 Macro-regional differences in European kinship culture
     Pier Paolo Viazzo
12 Family in Europe: urban and rural contexts compared
     Michal Buchowski
13 Gender, kinship and the market for social care
     Sophie Chevalier
14 Kinship, neighbourhood and community in perspective
     Georges Augustins
15 Terminology and practice: European kinship in a world-wide perspective
     Günther Schlee and Patrick Heady
16 Evolutionary approaches to human behaviour in anthropology: a general overview 
     and application to the KASS project
     Heidi Colleran and Ruth Mace
17 Conclusion: implications for policy
     Martin Kohli and Patrick Heady

Appendices: methods used to collect and analyse network data
Appendix 1: a brief explanation of the Kinship Network Questionnaire
     Gordon Milligan
Appendix 2: data processing for analysis
     Patrick Heady, Siegfried Gruber and Zhonghui Ou
Appendix 3: sampling, fieldwork and data quality
     Patrick Heady
Appendix 4: other statistical sources used in volumes II and III
     Siegfried Gruber


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