Estudios de Familia en el XVIII ISA World Congress – Japón, 13-19 de julio de 2014

Global Issues in Family Research

Session Organizers
Maria Carolina TOMAS, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil,
Gerardo ZAMORA, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain,

Session in English

Family is an important sociological and demographic unit. It is the main locus for social and biological population reproduction. In the past decades, this sphere has changed a lot. Some authors even consider a Second Demographic Transition in course. Instances of these changes are found in the increase in cohabitation, late marriage, delay of parenthood and further fertility decrease. Topics that illustrate the many resulting consequences of these changes will be explored, such as, the evolution of women`s economic and social roles, children outcomes in a context of increasing family dissolution, and particularly new family arrangements resulting in the higher presence of children from partners` previous marriages.

One salient and very important consequence of the changing family structure is the increasing number of childless individuals and couples. Today most childless individuals over the age of 65 differ greatly from the “new” and upcoming generations of childless persons and, therefore, it is important to ask whether this phenomenon is connected to population aging. Moreover, it is not fully clear, to what extent these changes are spread over the globe, and how local cultural norms help to explain them. Thus, this session will focus on descriptions and analysis of family changes, including involuntary and voluntary childlessness, and the relevance of such research for policies addressing demographic change.

Gender-Related Aspects of Fertility

Session Organizers
Andrzej KULCZYCKI, University of Alabama, USA,
Favour C. NTOIMO, Federal University Oye, Nigeria,

Session in English

This session encourages submissions on all issues related to all aspects of fertility and reproductive health which emphasize their gender-related, sociological dimensions. Papers may stress, for example, topics concerning autonomy and other aspects of female empowerment, including adolescents and other vulnerable groups; male roles in fertility; fertility assessed at the couple level; the measurement of fertility and its component behaviors; fertility determinants, consequences, and fertility-related beliefs and attitudes; as well as reproductive health issues (including family planning, maternal and child health, sexuality, and infertility). Empirical case studies and comparative research studies are equally welcome, be it focusing on developed or developing countries.

Fuente: Research Committee on Sociology of Population, RC41


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