English title: Individualization and Family Solidarity

Author(s): Meil Gerardo -

Language: English

Type: Book (monograph)



The profound changes the family has undergone in recent decades have been part of a broader social process of individualization. Through this process individuals have gained a greater capacity to determine their own life projects, which are no longer primarily defined by models inherited from the past. Individualization is behind the changes in women’s social roles, the fall in the birth-rate, the disappearance of patriarchy, the emergence of new forms of family and the appearance of the negotiating family. The objective of this study is to look at the scope of the effects of individualization on patterns of family solidarity in Spain. To do this, five major aspects of family solidarity are analyzed: Norms regarding mutual support among members of the family network; support in the form of services or time; financial support; the composition of the family network, and the geographic distance between members and the patterns of contact among them. Among the questions this study attempts to answer are the following: What is the scope of family solidarity in Spain and what forms does it take? Is contact among family members more frequent in Spain than in other countries? Who provides more support: older or younger generations? Our results challenge stereotypes regarding the family in Spain and reveal that individualization has transformed the norms and practices of family solidarity

City: Barcelona

Edition: 0

ISBN: 9788499000503

Number of pages: 216

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