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Romanian Families: Changes and Continuities over Recent Decades

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This chapter aims to provide an encompassing interpretation of the more or less coherent changes and continuities that have characterised Romanians' attitudes and behaviour towards marriage and childbearing, divisions of household labour and their dependency on the family. It offers an assessment of the dynamics of family change and continuity in Romania over the last two to three decades. The chapter engages with changes and continuities over time in regard to gender roles in the intimate sphere, including the divisions of household labour. It discusses the particularities of family dependency in Romania with a focus on social trust, familism, and family solidarity. The chapter provides an integrated discussion of the possible meanings of the different findings reviewed throughout the chapter in an attempt to formulate conclusions about the extent to which Romanian family values and especially family practices might be undergoing changes typical of a modified second demographic transition.

Keywords: childbearing; demographic transition; family change; family solidarity; gender roles; household labour; intimate sphere; Romanian families



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