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This concluding chapter of this book on Family and Social Change in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies highlights different aspects and questions in terms of the relationship of family and individualisation and concludes that the individualisation seen here through demographic data is not identical with that seen in Western countries. The respective chapters of the book tend to agree that the decline of state control and state responsibility as well as the marketisation of the economy exercise opposing effects on the conditions of the intimate sphere (family). A remarkable difference can be seen between the Eastern European countries and socialist East Asia. China and Vietnam with their much more cautious systemic transformation, were more successful in managing the difficulties of the accompanying social change. The book provides a glimpse into the complex interplay among the four main sectors (the state, economy, civil society, and family) in these transforming societies.

Keywords: demographic data; Eastern European countries; individualisation; intimate sphere; marketisation; social change



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