Special Collection 17

Focus on Partnerships: Discourses on cohabitation and marriage throughout Europe and Australia

Published 02 October 2015

This Special Collection of Demographic Research – edited by Brienna Perelli-Harris and Laura Bernardi – presents the findings from a collaborative project that employed focus group research to better understand cohabitation and marriage in Europe and Australia. The authors conducted 7-8 focus groups in small-medium cities in each of the 9 participating countries using a standardized questionnaire. Discussions were coded, analyzed, and summarized in a country report. Authors wrote a country-specific chapter focusing on particularly relevant themes in their location, as well as an overview paper that synthesized the overall findings of the project. The articles provide insights into the meanings of partnership formation in each country and reflect on theoretical themes such as 1) lifecourses, sequencing, and intersections; 2) individualization, freedom and commitment; and 3) culture, religion, and the persistence of the past. Taken together, this Special Collection contributes to and challenges current explanations for family change by pointing out how social norms shape partnership behavior.

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02 October 2015 | reflection

Exploring social norms around cohabitation: The life course, individualization, and culture: Introduction to Special Collection: "Focus on Partnerships: Discourses on cohabitation and marriage throughout Europe and Australia"

Brienna Perelli-Harris, Laura Bernardi

Volume: 33 Article ID: 25
Pages: 701–732
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.25

12 November 2014 | research article

Towards a new understanding of cohabitation: Insights from focus group research across Europe and Australia

Brienna Perelli-Harris, Monika Mynarska, Ann Berrington, Caroline Berghammer, Anna Evans, Olga Isupova, Renske Keizer, Andreas Klärner, Trude Lappegård, Daniele Vignoli

Volume: 31 Article ID: 34
Pages: 1043–1078
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.34

12 November 2014 | research article

Cohabitation and marriage in Austria: Assessing the individualization thesis across the life course

Caroline Berghammer, Katrin Fliegenschnee, Eva-Maria Schmidt

Volume: 31 Article ID: 37
Pages: 1137–1166
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.37

22 July 2015 | research article

The low importance of marriage in eastern Germany - social norms and the role of peoples’ perceptions of the past

Andreas Klärner

Volume: 33 Article ID: 9
Pages: 239–272
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.9

12 November 2014 | research article

Religion and union formation in Italy: Catholic precepts, social pressure, and tradition

Daniele Vignoli, Silvana Salvini

Volume: 31 Article ID: 35
Pages: 1079–1106
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.35

03 February 2015 | research article

Risk-avoidance or utmost commitment: Dutch focus group research on views on cohabitation and marriage

Nicole Hiekel, Renske Keizer

Volume: 32 Article ID: 10
Pages: 311–340
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.10

03 February 2015 | research article

The link between parenthood and partnership in contemporary Norway - Findings from focus group research

Trude Lappegård, Turid Noack

Volume: 32 Article ID: 9
Pages: 287–310
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.9

12 November 2014 | research article

Free to stay, free to leave: Insights from Poland into the meaning of cohabitation

Monika Mynarska, Anna Baranowska-Rataj, Anna Matysiak

Volume: 31 Article ID: 36
Pages: 1107–1136
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.36

03 February 2015 | research article

Trust, responsibility, and freedom: Focus-group research on contemporary patterns of union formation in Russia

Olga Isupova

Volume: 32 Article ID: 11
Pages: 341–368
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.11

25 August 2015 | research article

Commitment and the changing sequence of cohabitation, childbearing, and marriage: Insights from qualitative research in the UK

Ann Berrington, Brienna Perelli-Harris, Paulina Trevena

Volume: 33 Article ID: 12
Pages: 327–362
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.12

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