Characteristics of Family Lives in Central Europe

Blahoslav Kraus, Peter Ondrejkovič, Wojciech Krzysztof Świątkiewicz, Lolita Vilka, Ursula Rieke, Ilze Trapenciere, Lyudmila Pankiv

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In this chapter, authors give a picture of families in individual countries, which participated in the survey, so from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Latvia. They pay attention mainly to the family changes after the year 1990. There is mainly demographic situation. Furthermore, there are features which present contemporary family such as an increase of democratization in family coexistence in connection with the shifts of roles and disintegration in a family life linked with overall individualism manifested by automation, where one creates his/her own way of life. The contemporary family is more likely affected in all countries by progressive social differentiation; in a different level of unemployment, certain isolation and changes are always seen in intergeneration relationships. The authors also pay attention to family social policy and housing situation when starting a family.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Family Lifestyles in Central and Western Europe
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Cases
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-030-48299-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameSpringer Briefs in Sociology


  • Family
  • Demographic situation
  • Form of coexistence
  • Democratization
  • Socioeconomic situation
  • Disintegration
  • Isolation
  • Generational problems
  • Culture

Field of Science*

  • 5.4 Sociology
  • 5.9 Other social sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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