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Families and Kinship in Contemporary Europe

Rules and Practices of Relatedness

  • Riitta Jallinoja
  • Eric D. Widmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Outlining Relatedness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Riitta Jallinoja, Eric D. Widmer
      Pages 3-12
  3. Assembling Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Florence Maillochon, Anna-Maija Castrén
      Pages 31-44
    3. Riitta Jallinoja
      Pages 78-91
  4. Setting up Families with Significant Others

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Laura Bernardi, Anna Oppo
      Pages 95-111
    3. Sylvia Keim
      Pages 112-128
  5. Families in the Remaking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Caroline Ruiner, Andreas Hirseland, Werner Schneider
      Pages 147-162
    3. Dana Sýkorová
      Pages 163-177
    4. Ulrike Zartler
      Pages 178-191
    5. Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
      Pages 192-200
  6. Family Relationships as Social Capital

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Giovanna Rossi, Roberta Bonini, Sara Mazzucchelli
      Pages 203-215

About this book


Instead of seeing the family as a 'monolithic' entity, as though separate from its surroundings, this new approach draws attention to assemblages of various types that in different constellations and through different transactions relate people to each other as families and kin.


capital Familie Nation social capital Transnational trust

Editors and affiliations

  • Riitta Jallinoja
    • 1
  • Eric D. Widmer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of GenevaSwitzerland

About the editors

ELISABETH BECK-GERNSHEIM is Visiting Professor at NTNU/Trondheim, Norway LAURA BERNARDI is Professor of Demography and Sociology of Life Course, Director of the Laboratory for Life Course Studies and Deputy Director of the National Centre for Competence in Research 'LIVES' at Lausanne University, Switzerland ROBERTA BONINI is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Quantitative Methodology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy IVAN DE CARLO is a PhD Student and Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Geneva University, Switzerland ANNA-MAIJA CASTRÉN is Docent and a Research Fellow at the Department of Social Research (sociology), Helsinki University, Finland ANTÒNIA GOMILA works at the Department of Philosophy, University of the Balearic Islands ROLAND HAURI is working on his doctoral thesis and is a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Practical Theology, Bern University, Switzerland ANDREAS HIRSELAND is a Senior Researcher at the Department 'Joblessness and Social Inclusion', Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the German Federal Employment Agency (BA), in Nuremberg, Germany RIITTA HÖGBACKA is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Social Research (sociology), Helsinki University, Finland and a Visiting Scholar at California University, Berkeley, USA SYLVIA KEIM is a Research Scientist at Rostock University, Germany FLORENCE MAILLOCHON is a Sociologist at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS; Centre Maurice Halbwachs; ERIS) in Paris, France SARA MAZZUCCHELLI is a Sociologist and a Research Fellow at the Athenaeum Centre for Family Research and Studies, Catholic University of Milan, Italy ANNA OPPO was previously Professor of Sociology at Gagliari University, Italy, but is now retired GIOVANNA ROSSI is Full Professor of Family Sociology at Catholic University of Milan, Italy CAROLINE RUINER is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Augsburg University, Germany WERNER SCHNEIDER is Professor of Sociology at Augsburg University, Germany CAROL SMART is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at Manchester University, UK DANA SÝKOROVÁ is Docent/Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies, Ostrava University and the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic ULRIKE ZARTLER is an Assistant at the Institute of Sociology, Vienna University, Austria

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