Beyond the modern family
Re-visioning family change
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Chapter 2 gives an introduction to the rapidly changing patterns of family life that prompted the emergence of new ideas and perspectives in family studies at the turn of the millennium. It includes a detailed overview of the demographic evidence on contemporary families in Ireland, placing them in comparative perspective, and introduces the major new data sources and studies that have recently become available. The authors emphasize the importance of longitudinal perspectives for understanding family change in ageing societies. The chapter provides a state-of-the-art summary of recent developments in the theory and scholarship on family life, including the second demographic transition, postmodernism, individualisation and globalisation, and the new scholarship on family practices, meanings and displays that informs the main body of the book.

Family rhythms

The changing textures of family life in Ireland

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