Family and Kinship in Europe

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This collection of essays considers the current significance of kinship in various Western European countries along with manifestations of its cultural diversity. How do nations vary in the value they attribute to the family in this wider sense? How do the different generations communicate with one another? In what ways have questions relating to the legacy of the past and to the role of memory been rehabilitated, in order for the continuity of the family to be assured? This book declines to accept predictions ...

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Overview

This collection of essays considers the current significance of kinship in various Western European countries along with manifestations of its cultural diversity. How do nations vary in the value they attribute to the family in this wider sense? How do the different generations communicate with one another? In what ways have questions relating to the legacy of the past and to the role of memory been rehabilitated, in order for the continuity of the family to be assured? This book declines to accept predictions made, on the basis of a common population projection, that European family life will display a common pattern. Further, across a comparison of a number of case studies, it points to a degree of diversity in European family values as revealed when one looks closely at the ways in which these values are transmitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855674776
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/22/1998
  • Series: Social Change in Western Europe Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 Fertility: the condition of self-perpetuation. Differing trends in Europe 14
2 Family and kinship in Italy 33
3 The missing link: family memory and identity in Germany 49
4 Family, kinship and residence in urban Catalonia: the modernity of 'Pairalism' 61
5 Houses and legends: family as community of practice in urban Portugal 77
6 Urban clannishness and the nuclear kin: trends in Swedish family life 103
7 Individuality and adaptability in English kinship 129
8 Inheritance and relationships between family members 146
9 Home-sharing and the transmission of inheritance in France 164
10 Fashioning a new family tie: step-parents and step-grandparents 183
11 From 'being of use' to 'finding oneself: dilemmas of value transmission between the generations in Norway 202
Select bibliography 219
Index 231
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