The History of Family in Late Modern and Contemporary Europe through the Eyes of Historical Demography

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778). This special issue belongs to the section "Family History".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2022) | Viewed by 6162

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Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Interests: historical demography; population projections and back projections; island demography; population dynamics; ethnic minority populations and the labour market

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Institute of Social Research (IKE), National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), 105 51 Athina, Greece
Interests: human geography; fertility; childlessness; spatial demography; big data and demographic analysis

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Dear Colleagues, 

The Late Modern Era (mid-18th century up to the first decades of the 20th century), characterized by urbanization and social changes and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, was a period of dramatic transformation in the demographic regime of Europe and its overseas split-outs, mainly in North America. After World War II, social and economic changes shaped what is known as the Second Demographic Transition, and these changes during two historical periods (Late Modern and Contemporary) had a profound effect on the family life cycle. The first demographic transition brought about the concept of the nuclear family as we know it today and strengthened the idea of a romantic conjugal union. The second demographic transition, on the other hand, disassociated childbearing from marriage and created new household structures.

Genealogy is an international, scholarly, peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to the analysis of genealogical narratives (with applications for family, race/ethnic, gender, migration, and science studies). We are pleased to invite you to contribute your research work to the Special Issue of Genealogy on “The History of Family in Late Modern and Contemporary Europe through the Eyes of Historical Demography”.

This Special Issue aims to investigate topics closely related to the family life cycle and its evolution throughout two historical periods: the Late Modern and the Contemporary Era. Topics are associated with issues that go beyond the strict demographic context and pose research questions such as what the social status of women during this period was, the role of education and economic development, and even the association of biological factors with the demographic changes.  

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) family founding (marriage patterns, cohabitation, and household structures), childbearing and childlessness (both in natural fertility populations and in populations acting under controlled fertility), childrearing practices and death in early age (infant and childhood mortality), dissolution of marriage (divorce or widowhood), and families in later life (household arrangement of the elderly).

We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Authors submitting to this special issue will not be charged any Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Dr. Gavalas Vasilis
Dr. Pavlos Baltas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • historical demography
  • household structures
  • marriage patterns
  • fertility
  • out of wedlock childbearing
  • first demographic transition
  • second demographic transition

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Some Observations on the Demographic Variables of Marriage System in Greek Thrace: Evidence from Several Anthropological Populations
by Konstantinos N. Zafeiris and Marianna Koukli
Genealogy 2022, 6(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy6010012 - 29 Jan 2022
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The examination of demographic patterns and their variables is essential for our understanding of the anthropological and cultural processes that shape modern societies. Greek Thrace plays an important role in such analyses due to the cultural and socioeconomic variability it presents. This study [...] Read more.
The examination of demographic patterns and their variables is essential for our understanding of the anthropological and cultural processes that shape modern societies. Greek Thrace plays an important role in such analyses due to the cultural and socioeconomic variability it presents. This study is based on vital registration data of the 20th century, derived by various populations that inhabit the Department of Rhodopi, which are defined by discrete socio-economic, cultural, and historic backgrounds. We analyze and present various aspects of the social lives observed in these populations: marriage patterns, mean age at marriage of the spouses, mean age of mothers at first and last child, reproductive span, the children ever born, as well as other parameters related to reproduction. Our analyses show that several changes in marriage patterns have been undertaken throughout time, indicating an ongoing fertility transition. In that way, this study contributes to our knowledge on the anthropological populations from this part of Greece in relation to their socio-economic environment and it proposes possible analogies and differences that affected the evolution of the embedded populations. Full article
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Gender Inequalities and Sex-Differential Mortality in Pre-War Greece: A Regional Perspective
by Vasilis S. Gavalas and Pavlos Baltas
Genealogy 2022, 6(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy6010005 - 4 Jan 2022
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Previous studies have indicated gender-based discriminatory practices as a result of son preference up to the first half of the 20th century in Greece. Demographic indices calculated from published vital statistics, such as sex ratios at birth and at childhood, were distorted to [...] Read more.
Previous studies have indicated gender-based discriminatory practices as a result of son preference up to the first half of the 20th century in Greece. Demographic indices calculated from published vital statistics, such as sex ratios at birth and at childhood, were distorted to such an extent that certain scholars suggest that this distortion was due to sex-selective infanticide and neglect of the girls. Although we cannot exclude this possibility, the aim of this paper is to assess to what extent under-registration of female births (in the civil registration system) and under-enumeration of females (in censuses) accounted for the skewed sex ratios and to pinpoint that gender-based discrimination was not the same all over Greece. There were areas in insular Greece, notably the Ionian islands and the Aegean Archipelago, and one area in mainland Greece (Epirus) where demographic indices imply that gender inequalities were less acute. On the other hand, there were areas in mainland Greece, notably in Thessaly, where sex-differential mortality denotes extremely unequal treatment of girls. Full article
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