© 2020

International Handbook on the Demography of Marriage and the Family

  • D. Nicole Farris
  • A. J. J. Bourque

Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anna-Marie Malley, Carol S. Walther, Karley Nichols
      Pages 11-22
  3. Marriage Practices: The Global Picture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Bailey Wright, D. Nicole Farris
      Pages 51-63
    3. Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk, Jani Turunen, Gunnar Andersson
      Pages 65-77
    4. Xinyuan “Karl” Zou
      Pages 99-103
    5. Ceylan Engin, Hazal Hürman, Kimber Harvey
      Pages 105-119
  4. Marriage/Family Practices: A Closer Look

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Rodrigo Dominguez-Martinez, Stephanie D. Jones, Carol S. Walther
      Pages 201-213
    3. D. Nicole Farris
      Pages 227-261

About this book


This handbook provides a global perspective on contemporary demographic theories and studies of marriage and the family. Inside, readers will find a comprehensive analysis that enables demographic comparison between and across international borders. 

Coverage is centered around four main sections that present a history of marriage and the family, detail relevant data and measurement concerns, examine global marriage practices, analyze interactions of such demographic characteristics as age, sex, and race with marriage and the family, and consider public policy, contemporary trends, and future directions. In addition, the book includes research on current social issues such as alternative family structures, cohabitation, divorce, boomerang children, and adoption.

The family is universal but extremely varied in form and function. This handbook provides students, researchers, and policymakers with an all-inclusive, international demographic analysis that fully investigates the diverse nature of the modern family.


Alternative family structures Cohabitation, divorce and adoption Contemporary demographic theories Demography of families Fertility and migration Studies of marriage and the family Vary in form and function of family History of Marriage and the family Global marriage practices Age, sex and race Boomerang children Modern family Parental leave Residential segregation Intermarriage Same-sex households Parent-child relationships Non-traditional family Multigenerational households Transnational motherhood

Editors and affiliations

  • D. Nicole Farris
    • 1
  • A. J. J. Bourque
    • 2
  1. 1.Sociology & Criminal JusticeTexas A&M University–CommerceCommerceUSA
  2. 2.Literature and LanguagesTexas A&M University–CommerceCommerceUSA

About the editors

D. Nicole Farris is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her major areas of research include gender, demography, marriage/family, and methodology. Her most recent edited book (with D’Lane Compton and Andrea Herrera), “Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Digital Age” will be published in late 2019 with Springer Publishers.


A.J.J. Bourque is a graduate student in the field of children’s and adolescent literature in the Department of Literature and Language at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His current research interests include masculinity, the subconscious, and Jungian archetypes. Bourque is the author of two young adult novels. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title International Handbook on the Demography of Marriage and the Family
  • Editors D. Nicole Farris
    A. J. J. Bourque
  • Series Title International Handbooks of Population
  • Series Abbreviated Title Internat.Hdbks Population
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-35077-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-35079-6
  • Series ISSN 1877-9204
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1877
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 321
  • Number of Illustrations 47 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Demography
    Sociology, general
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