About IM2014

The Interim Meeting “FAMILY: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE” of the Research Network “Sociology of families and intimate lives” (RN13)  of European Sociological Association (ESA) to be held on September 25-27, 2014,  at Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania) is dedicate to discuss family research once numerous sociological studies conducted during the last decades have revealed an increased diversity and de-standardization of family forms and configurations, family formation patterns and inter-relations among its members. These changes are so evident and dramatic, that occasionally even the question has been raised whether family as a social institution still exists. Until today in many European countries we observe ongoing trends, e.g. of decreasing marriage  and / or birth rates, of increasing divorces and remarriages, of postponement of family formation to later stages in the life course.

At the same time researchers observe continuity and, especially in Northern Europe, even trends’ reversals. Traditional patterns of the division of paid and unpaid work within couples, for example, are visible everywhere, even if on gradually more subtle levels. The desire to live in a stable partnership and the motivation to have children remain high. The family still is considered one of the most important values and life spheres.

Continuity and change – we find both at the same time. So, questions arise: how much continuity do we observe? Where do we observe change and why? How can the observed change / continuity be explained at a global, social group or individual level? How can we explain asynchrony of developments between the European countries / regions? How can and should we identify and measure the change / continuity? Are we over- or under- estimating the degree of change due to a lack of appropriate methods?

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  • Interim meeting  September 25-27, 2014
  • Announcement of final program of the conference  June 30, 2014
  • Registration of all participants   June 30, 2014
  • Confirmation by the authors to make the presentation  May 31, 2014
  • Information to authors about the (non)acceptance of their papers  May 1, 2014
  • Abstract submission  February 25, 2014
    (postponed to  March 10, 2014)