Theories of Household Formation: Progress and Challenges

  • Thomas K. Burch
Part of the The Plenum Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE)


The demography of family, kinship, and household has made great strides in recent years, but as with demography generally, the theory of the sub-field has lagged behind. This may reflect the difficulty of the subject matter, but it also may reflect a general neglect of systematic theory by mainstream demography. Four frameworks for the study of household status decision-making are reviewed, and four challenges to future theoretical work identified: 1) giving adequate attention to supply factors; 2) exploring the subjective realm (perceptions, time horizons, preferences); 3) studying households and families in the broader context of networks and community; 4) taking seriously the temporal dimension of family and household formation.


Adult Child American Sociological Review Parental Home Household Good Supply Factor 
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  • Thomas K. Burch
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  1. 1.Population Studies CentreUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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