Unions, family, and households

The household is the basic building block of society and the unit of production as well as of reproduction. It is also a key context for the regulation of new unions, fertility, and resource allocation. Almost all other social institutions hinge on the household and its structure. However, traditional definitions of a ‘household’, ‘marital union’, and ‘family’ are increasingly being questioned as the world changes socially, economically, and technologically. Furthermore, membership and/or family structure is not static. Individuals may move from one type of household to another as a result of many events including mortality, marital union or dissolution, being fostered or adopted, or migration.
Sessions will focus on the following:
a) Definitions of ‘family’, ‘union’, and ‘household’ in the context of changing social norms, connectedness, globalization and mobility
b) Changing patterns of unions, families, households
c) Household resources- generation, intra-household resource allocation and flow patterns.
Submissions should pay attention to gender dimensions.

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