9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Spatial Mobility and Families Building II, Auditório B1.03

Does the way family is experienced relate to the lifecourse or a social background?

This paper is going to use as empirical material the results of a research conducted on families in which one of the partner does not live part of the week with the rest of the family for job reasons. The research, led in France in 2007-2008 among French and British citizen, interviewed about fifty couples parents of children still living at home. The professions of the members of the families met ranged within the entire social scale. The key questions of the research were:
- How the families dealt with the situation,
- How did the refer to the family and built the family life
- How this way of living as a family arrived within the life-course: did they have previous experience of family life "on the move" or did their parents or themselves happen to live separately for job reasons.
One of the results of the research was that this way of life was experienced within the couple in a completely differently way within the social scale. Social status interfere in the way the family is built and lived, and in the way the society meaning friends, colleagues, kinship interpret the relationship of the couple. The paper will explore those differences. The author will analyze the way family life and intimidate relations are experienced through the life course of the people met and their social background.