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Patterns of family life courses in Europe - between standardisation and diversity : a cross-national comparison of family trajectories and life course norms in European countries

Muster von Familienbiographien in Europa - zwischen Standardisierung und Diversität : ein nationaler Vergleich von Pfaden und lebensgeschichtlichen Normen in Europa
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Hofäcker, Dirk; Chaloupková, Jana

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Abstract "Throughout recent decades, a gradual shift away from an early contracted and simple life course pattern which dominated in the 1950s and 1960s to late protracted and more complex patterns could be observed within European countries. Yet, despite multiple cross-national similarities in the changes of individual life course patterns, there exist considerable differences in the form and frequency of these changes. We argue that one possible way of better understanding these variations is to examine the connection between family formation choices and value orientations. Using data from the European Social Survey 2006 we empirically investigate to what extent the family trajectories have changed across generations and how these practiced family trajectories correspond to cross-cohort changes in socially established norms about family transitions. Our results corroborate the assumption of an increasing restandardisation of family lives: Even though family trajectories have become more turbulent involving more stages and stage changes for the younger generation, 'deviations' from traditional family patterns (such as unmarried cohabitation) are turning into majority behaviour, i.e. into a 'new standard'. Contrasting these trends with developments in family-related norms reveals that the liberalisation in norms appears to precede such changes in actual demographic behaviour, even though European countries differ in the degree and pace to which such normative and behavioural changes have yet taken place." (author's abstract)
Keywords family; life career; Europe; standardization (meth.); diversity; social norm
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Method descriptive study; empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 559-586
Journal Comparative Population Studies - Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, 39 (2014) 3
Issue topic Family values and family norms. What impact does culture have on familial and generative behaviour?
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2014-11en
ISSN 1869-8980
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications