Making money, looking for a career, building a home, raising children – and always smiling and looking relaxed – that is what is asked from women and men in their late twenties and early thirties. It is the rush hour of life.
Why is it taken for granted that you should combine work and family? Why all this at once?
„Shall we get children?“
„What about our future life“
„Can we stay in the job?“
The last question is especially substantial for women. Read more
Whenever we face blurring dissimilarities, class structures breaking down, manifold lifestyles with fluid borders emerging, whenever differences cannot be measured any more in social science, one item still creates diversity globally: the difference in school education. It matters in private life, it mattes in relationships, it matters in marriage. Read more
What prevents partners from spending time exclusively with one another: Work? Children?
Let us look at the results reported in a recently published study in the US. Read more
How traditional are Father’s Day cards?
How delighted, do you think, would a “new” father be upon receiving a Father’s Day card thanking him for being the breadwinner, praising him as a great, powerful man? Or do you believe he would prefer being addressed as an emotional, caring and loving parent? There is a big chance that, even if the father wishes to be praised as an emotionally oriented parent, he will most likely receive cards highlighting the traditional breadwinner role, whilst the loving, caring role is usually reserved for mothers.
A well-known proverb claims that birds of a feather stick together. Perhaps this is so. But does similarity in a partnership lead to more satisfaction with life and in the relationship?
Guest blog post by Irene Rieder and Eva-Maria Schmidt
Worldwide, every second 2,6 babies see the light of day. Some of these babies help to transform their producers into first-time parents, a transition which involves specific gendered imaginings and manifestations. As a group of family sociologists at the University of Vienna, we are currently looking behind the scenes of these gendered practices and processes at the transition to parenthood in order to shed more light on the (in)equalities between mothers(-to-be) and fathers(-to-be). Against the backdrop of sociological research revealing a (re-)traditionalization of family roles after the birth of the first child, we ask: How does this happen? Read more
The equal distribution of housework is – as we all know – not equal.
There might be a worldwide agreement that children are obliged to provide care to their elderly parents. However, the manner in which this value manifests itself is rather diverse in different countries.
Researchers analyzed the circumstances in which the financial, emotional or instrumental help is given to the parents by their children across European countries. The study used data from the generations and gender surveys conducted in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, France and Norway.
Today’s family is a beanpole family, a multigenerational family. Never in the history of mankind have so many generations lived simultaneously.
Though co-residence hardly exists any more, contacts and solidarity prevail. A study by Dykstra et al. (2011) identified four different types of help based on data from the European SHARE project.