Family Diversity

If you are struggling with family situations in private life, if you are interested in family policy and its impact in different nations, if you want to know about family sociology – or maybe even study it – you get impressions and ideas here. You get results of family research, hardly accessible to the average reader, as they are published in high ranked scientific journals or scientific working papers, difficult to read and sometimes difficult to understand. I will break the results down here to the essentials in a hopefully easy understandable wording. If not, contact me through the contact page.

Rather than being a self-help blog for individuals, it is about families in societies. You might find out that others think about family issues the same you feel about, others are in situations similar to yours – or in different ones, both helps.  You might sit down after these blogs and relax: you are not alone, and there are different forms of family life in Europe, a variety. Not one size fits all. And politics everywhere struggles with similar problems – though nations have their peculiarities. Both, about similarities and peculiarities  you will read in this blog.

Who is writing?


I am Rudolf Richter, Professor of Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

I am teaching and doing research on Family for more than two decades. A lot of experience I got as member and Chair of the European Observatory on the Social Situation, Demography and the Family between 2000 and 2004. This Observatory reported Family issues to the European Union. Results you find here.

From 2006 to 2014 I served as president of the RC06-Family Research Committee of the International Sociological Association and recently was engaged in a Seventh Framework Project of the European Union: FamiliesAndSocieties, where we studied among others the gendered transition to parenthood. The blog will deal with results of these project which ran from 2013 to January 2017.

I am deeply convinced that social science as general and sometimes abstract as it is, can help you at least to understand, if not change, your everyday life and life in society.