Models of Kinship from the Developed World

Sarah Harper

in Families in Ageing Societies

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199251162
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602740 | DOI:
 Models of Kinship from the Developed World

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This chapter examines kin interactions to identify the demographic, socio-economic, and cultural factors that influence social contacts between kin in Western industrialised societies. Variations by country show the most pronounced difference across all aspects considered. Variations by age are large, while those by socio-economic characteristics are smaller. The existence of kin is a precondition for interaction, and availability of kin is essential for some patterns of interaction.

Keywords: kin interactions; families; demographic factors; socio-economic factors; cultural factors; Western societies

Chapter.  7926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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