9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Families and Social Change Building II, Auditório B1.03

Development and dynamics of the family in Europe

In this paper, we will discuss the development and dynamics of the family in the European countries, focusing in particular on its morphogenetic process (Archer). This approach, infact, helps us to understand what family diversity is and what family diversification means in a global perspective.
Certainly, the family is one of the social forms which is and will be even more subjected to the processes of rapid and profound change. In order to understand this change, we have to consider it as a social morphogenesis (i.e., a genesis of new forms), or, to be more precise, as a process with an accurate dynamic, describable and observable as a mutual conditioning (in the sense of interdependency) between identifiable, non-randomised factors that, in turn, range within a constraint and resource logic. This process could also develop new forms that are stable over time and settle down into morphogenetic processes for long periods.
Therefore, the aim of this paper is to understand the outcome of this morphogenetic process, by focusing particular attention on the transformations in making the family (cohabitation and/or marriage), in the dissolution of the marital bond and in becoming parents.
Dealing with this theme, we´ll make use of comparative European data (Eurostat, OECD, ESS; Eurisko), looking, in particular at the convergence and divergence between regions in the European area.