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Families in Converging Europe

A Comparison of Forms, Structures and Ideals


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Family Sociology book series (PSFL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Families in Converging Europe

  3. The Changing European Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 11-28
    3. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 29-57
  4. Towards the Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 76-86
  5. Family in Finland and Spain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 89-116
    3. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 117-125
    4. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 126-151
    5. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 152-160
  6. Family in Converging Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Eriikka Oinonen
      Pages 174-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 186-212

About this book


This book examines common familial trends and differences throughout Europe from the 1960s onwards and discusses the most common theoretical explanations for convergence and divergence. Eriikka Oinonen reveals how structural factors such as the labour market, the welfare state and the EU affect Europeans' family related choices.


European Union (EU) Familie Integration labor market Nation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social PsychologyUniversity of TampereFinland

About the authors

ERIIKKA OINONEN is Finnish Academy Research Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Tampere, Finland. She has worked extensively on issues related to cross-national comparison, family and social change.

Bibliographic information


'The book is a very helpful tool in the complex process of overcoming stereotypes and should be read by anyone interested in the relationship between territorial differences, family models and social change.' - Elisabetta Ruspini, INTAMS review - Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality