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Puur, A. and Rahnu, L. and Maslauskaite, A. and Stankuniene, V. and Zakharov, S.
Transformation of Partnership Formation in Eastern Europe: The Legacy of the Past Demographic Divide
Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 2012
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
Since the late 1960s, demographic development in Europe has been shaped by profound transformations in nuptiality and fertility. The break with preceding patterns was so radical that two decades later, Ron Lesthaeghe and Dirk Van de Kaa (1986) introduced the concept of a Second Demographic Transition (SDT), which has gradually evolved into an overarching theoretical framework for the description and analysis of contemporary demographic change. Among the developments at the core of the SDT, the formation of partnerships outside marriage, the associated rise in non-marital childbearing to unprecedented levels, and the postponement of marriage are indeed some of the most salient transformations. The shift from marriage to cohabitation has far-reaching implications for the demographic structure of the population as well as for the institution of the family, social reproduction, and family relations. Unlike marriage, cohabitation is generally characterised by a lower degree of commitment, fewer entitlements, and a higher risk of disruption (Mills 2000; Prinz 1995; Wu 2000). In several countries, the postponement of marriage seems to have been compensated by an earlier and more frequent entry into cohabitation (Nazio 2008; Schoenmakers and Lodewijckx 1999). Because of the multiple effects on individuals' lives, the spread of non-marital cohabitation is a topic of considerable interest and policy relevance.

Reference


@article{Puur2012,
  author = {Puur, A. and Rahnu, L. and Maslauskaite, A. and Stankuniene, V. and Zakharov, S.},
  title = {Transformation of Partnership Formation in Eastern Europe: The Legacy of the Past Demographic Divide},
  year = {2012},
  journal = {Journal of Comparative Family Studies},
  volume = {43},
  number = {3},
  month = {May},
  url = {http://www.questia.com/library/1G1-294523467/transformation-of-partnership-formation-in-eastern},
  timestamp = {30.01.2013},
  owner = {Brunne},
  abstract = {Since the late 1960s, demographic development in Europe has been shaped by profound transformations in nuptiality and fertility. The break with preceding patterns was so radical that two decades later, Ron Lesthaeghe and Dirk Van de Kaa (1986) introduced the concept of a Second Demographic Transition (SDT), which has gradually evolved into an overarching theoretical framework for the description and analysis of contemporary demographic change. Among the developments at the core of the SDT, the formation of partnerships outside marriage, the associated rise in non-marital childbearing to unprecedented levels, and the postponement of marriage are indeed some of the most salient transformations. The shift from marriage to cohabitation has far-reaching implications for the demographic structure of the population as well as for the institution of the family, social reproduction, and family relations. Unlike marriage, cohabitation is generally characterised by a lower degree of commitment, fewer entitlements, and a higher risk of disruption (Mills 2000; Prinz 1995; Wu 2000). In several countries, the postponement of marriage seems to have been compensated by an earlier and more frequent entry into cohabitation (Nazio 2008; Schoenmakers and Lodewijckx 1999). Because of the multiple effects on individuals' lives, the spread of non-marital cohabitation is a topic of considerable interest and policy relevance.}
}

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