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Families and Personal Networks

An International Comparative Perspective

  • Karin Wall
  • Eric D. Widmer
  • Jacques–Antoine Gauthier
  • Vida Česnuitytė
  • Rita Gouveia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Eric D. Widmer, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Karin Wall, Vida Česnuitytė, Rita Gouveia
    Pages 1-18
  3. Vasco Ramos, Vida Česnuitytė, Karin Wall, Dominique Joye
    Pages 19-60
  4. Rita Gouveia, Gaëlle Aeby, Vida Česnuitytė
    Pages 61-97
  5. Karin Wall, Rita Gouveia, Gaëlle Aeby, Vida Česnuitytė
    Pages 99-130
  6. Gaëlle Aeby, Eric D. Widmer, Vida Česnuitytė, Rita Gouveia
    Pages 131-166
  7. Eric D. Widmer, Rita Gouveia, Gaëlle Aeby, Vida Česnuitytė
    Pages 167-186
  8. Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Gaëlle Aeby, Vasco Ramos, Vida Česnuitytè
    Pages 187-223
  9. Karin Wall, Vida Česnuitytė, Eric D. Widmer, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier
    Pages 225-238
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 239-254

About this book


This book critically assesses the main features of the modernization of family life and personal relationships by examining and comparing three European countries with different social and political pathways: Portugal, Switzerland and Lithuania. Drawing on national surveys of family trajectories and social networks, the contributors highlight personal and family relationships through the lens of network and life course perspectives as well as gender and generational perspectives.

Providing innovative, comparative findings on families and personal networks through the use of diverse methodologies, this edited collection will be of interest to scholars, students and policymakers across a range of social science disciplines.   


parenting sociology intimate life children Lithuania Switzerland Portugal

Editors and affiliations

  • Karin Wall
    • 1
  • Eric D. Widmer
    • 2
  • Jacques–Antoine Gauthier
    • 3
  • Vida Česnuitytė
    • 4
  • Rita Gouveia
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.Mykolas Romeris UniversityVilniusLithuania
  5. 5.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LisbonLisbonSwitzerland

About the editors

Karin Wall is Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Eric D. Widmer is Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Jacques–Antoine Gauthier is Senior Lecturer at the Life Course and Social Inequality Research Centre, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Vida Česnuitytė is Lecturer at Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania.

Rita Gouveia is Post–doctoral Fellow at the NCCR–LIVES, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Families and Personal Networks
  • Book Subtitle An International Comparative Perspective
  • Editors Karin Wall
    Eric D. Widmer
    Jacques–Antoine Gauthier
    Vida Česnuitytė
    Rita Gouveia
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-95262-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95778-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-95263-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 254
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Children, Youth and Family Policy
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