social networks, social support and lifeforms in european metropolitan cities


At the beginning of the 1970 s empirical research provided a set of surveys concerning the development of social relationsships and forms of family in european metropolitan cities. In contrast to the wide spread persumption of eroding family structurs at that time and personal relationships in these urban milieus, different authors found quiet solid family relations.
Nevertheless, within family sociology today these claims of fading family relationships are still discussed and beyond the scientific debate they dominate the common perception of family in general too. For this reason our analysis starts with an replication of former research and therefore explores the same districts of german cities that were examined thirty years ago.
Because family relationships are essential parts of social capital, which itself is of central meaning for the development of modern societies, we want to connect our research to the current debate of social capital. To do so we use an network approach.
With the help of still available original data of the former surveys and the official statistics, we are able to conduct a comparison of precise urban districts. Supported by these results we will aim at verifying the very popular sociological assumption of a homogeneous development and uniform change of lifeforms.

Principal investigators
Bertram, Hans Prof. Dr. (Details) (Microsociology)

Financer
DFG: Sachbeihilfe

Duration of project
Start date: 05/2002
End date: 04/2004

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