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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2021

Family and Intimate Relationships

From the book Soziologie - Sociology in the German-Speaking World

  • Dirk Konietzka , Michael Feldhaus , Michaela Kreyenfeld and Heike Trappe


This article provides an overview on research on intimate relationships and the family in Germany since the turn of the millennium. It is argued that “German family sociology” has undergone major changes in various ways. In theoretical terms, micro-theoretical approaches have largely replaced former macro-sociological debates on de-institutionalization and pluralization of the family. In empirical research, the application of a life course perspective and the use of longitudinal data have become more and more established. In substantial terms, researchers have pursued integrative research perspectives that link family dynamics to other life domains. Not least, publication strategies shifted in favor of English language and international journals. In sum, these developments have fundamentally changed the German research landscape on intimate relationships and the family.

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