Authors: Adam, Ursula
Attias-Donfut, Claudine
Beier, Loreen
Belletti, Francesco
Birg, Herwig
Blaskó, Zsuzsa
Civico, Gabriella
de Bergeyck, Julie
de Liedekerke, Anne-Claire
Demeny, Paul
Dienel, Christiane
Facchini, Carla
Farrer, Linden
Hansson, Leeni
Herche, Veronika
Hofaecker, Dirk
Jokinen, Kimmo
Kormosné-Debreceni, Zsuzsanna
Kröger, Teppo
Kuronen, Marjo
Lay, William
Leccardi, Carmen
Lesina, Sara
Lowenstein, Ariela
MacDonald, John
Marchese, Elisa
Oláh, Livia Sz.
Perego, Miriam
Quaintance, Barb
Rampazi, Marita
Rebuzzini, Lorenza
Reiska, Epp
Rupp, Marina
Sanchez, Raul
Sittermann, Birgit
Spéder, Zsolt
Stevens, Joan
Editors: Farrer, Linden
Lay, William
Title: Spotlights on Contemporary Family Life
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: Spotlights on Contemporary Family Life covers four issues of cross-cutting importance to families Structures and forms of families: issues relating to a diversification of families away from the ‘traditional nuclear family form’ are relatively uncontroversial from an academic perspective, but much more so for policy makers and family associations. Chapter 1 provides a thorough overview of the state of contemporary European families. Solidarities in families: too often the issue of an ‘ageing society’ is simply reduced to the problem of over-burdening social care systems, but longevity also represents opportunities for new kinds of solidarities inside families and family networks, and new relations between family members – not to mention the satisfaction felt by people who can continue to live fulfilling and rewarding lives long after they’re considered ‘elderly’. Chapter 2 gives voice to authors who identify these new opportunities and challenges. Demographic change: women are having fewer children and having them later in life. Having children is now a conscious decision and fertility rates have declined below the level required to sustain our current populations. At the same time we witness the ‘greying’ of Europe, which brings with it a whole host of opportunities and challenges. Chapter 3 raises important issues for policy makers today. Volunteering: inspired by family associations who could not survive without the support of volunteers, this chapter gives an overview of what’s known - and what isn’t - about volunteering. Coinciding with the European Year of Volunteering 2011, this chapter takes a timely look at the efforts that families put into volunteering across Europe and the important benefits that Europe gains from all of this combined voluntary effort. Linden Farrer and William Lay work for the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE). This publication was produced by FAMILYPLATFORM, a project funded by the European Commission.
Subject Headings: ageing
demographic change
European year of volunteering
family forms
family policy
family research
family solidarity
family structure
social care
Issue Date: 2011-04
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