Role of women Family planning Demographic change Family structure
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Drew, Eileen P. 'Reconceptualising families in the EU: changes in demography, households and the allocation of care'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVII, pt. IV, 1996/1997, pp253-287
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVII 1996/1997
This paper charts the demographic changes characterising the last three decades,
which have resulted in a diversity of family forms. It marks the magnitude of some
of these changes, the exceptions to general patterns and how these may be combined
to offer a new perspective on how we might view ‘families’ and ‘households’ in the
EU. Macintyre states:
Though sex, marriage, and reproduction may be linked empirically in a
particular society and its dominant ideology.......We cannot assume a priori
that people have babies because they are married, or marry in order to
have babies; nor that people have babies because they have had sex, or that
they have sex to produce babies (Macintyre 1991: 3).
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