Family: continuity and change, Interim Meeting

Call for papers

Research Network “Sociology of families and intimate lives” (RN13) of European Sociological Association (ESA) invite to submit abstracts for the Interim Meeting FAMILY: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE to be held on September 25-27, 2014, at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Numerous sociological studies conducted during the last decades have revealed an increased diversity and de-standardization of family forms and configurations, family formation patterns and inter-relations among its members. These changes are so evident and dramatic, that occasionally even the question has been raised whether family as a social institution still exists. Until today in many European countries we observe ongoing trends, e.g. of decreasing marriage and / or birth rates, of increasing divorces and remarriages, of postponement of family formation to later stages in the life course.

At the same time researchers observe continuity and, especially in Northern Europe, even trends’ reversals. Traditional patterns of the division of paid and unpaid work within couples, for example, are visible everywhere, even if on gradually more subtle levels. The desire to live in a stable partnership and the motivation to have children remain high. The family still is considered one of the most important values and life spheres.

Continuity and change – we find both at the same time. So, questions arise: how much continuity do we observe? Where do we observe change and why? How can the observed change / continuity be explained at a global, social group or individual level? How can we explain asynchrony of developments between the European countries / regions? How can and should we identify and measure the change / continuity? Are we over- or under- estimating the degree of change due to a lack of appropriate methods?

The organizers of the Interim Meeting 2014 “Family: continuity and change” invite you to submit abstracts focusing on one of the following issues:

▪ The concepts in studying families
▪ Family value as an institution
▪ Family forms and configurations
▪ Structure and/or functions of family social networks
▪ Roles and biographies
▪ Family research methods

A special PhD session will be held at the meeting. The best PhD paper will be awarded by the prize.

Each proposal should include:
A) Title of the paper
B) First name and surname of author(s), email, institutional affiliation.
C) Extended summary of the content (1500 words), including: 1. a description of the theoretical framework
2. the research hypotheses
3. a description of the data and the research methods
4. most important findings
5. conclusions / discussion
6. list of references (10 maximum)

D) Keywords: up to five keywords describing the main contributions of the paper.
E) PhD students should additionally indicate in the abstract: (1) the relevance of the issue discussed; (2) the stage of the research carried out.

All abstracts should be completed in English. Individuals may submit a maximum of two abstracts but should not be the first author of more than one paper.

Each paper will be given 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentations, 10 minutes for discussion). Parallel sessions will not be conducted therefore maximum 30 papers for oral presentation and 8 papers of PhD students will be accepted for the conference.

The papers will be selected after a reviewing process. Accepted papers exceeding the scheduled number of oral presentations will have the opportunity to be displayed as a poster.

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Event type International

Event theme: Social Sciences

Event starts: 2014-09-25

Registration ends: 2014-05-01

Abstract submision ends: 2014-05-01

Article submition ends: 2014-05-01

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Speaker fee: NONE

Participant fee: NONE

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