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In: Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review, vol. 38, no. 1

Zmeny v spoločnosti a zmeny v rodine - kontinuita a zmena

Peter Ondrejkovič - Jana Majerčíková

ISSN 0049-1225 ISSN 1336-8613 (print)

Year, pages: 2006, 5-30

Published: 0000-00-00

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Changes in Society and Changes in Family – Continuity and Change. A Contribution to the Discussion about the Character of Family in Slovakia. All the aspects of current family life that are discussed in the text are undergoing significant changes. We do not refer to these changes as progress, a positive development, or evolution, nor as a crisis, regression, stagnation or pathological development. That is mainly because neither research, nor educational, political, legal, social or any other institutions have enough reliable and complex data available. The other reason is that determining which criteria are needed to assess the current family is still a problem. This paper characterises changes at the social and structural level (demographic trends, changes in education and work, life cycle as a change, the increasing economic standard and its differentiation, general tendencies of liberalisation, changes in woman’s self-image and others). The authors deal with the methodological questions in the research of family consisting mainly of the problem of operationalisation. Representations of the changes and structure of family lives are presented from the perspective of parents as well as children. In the conclusion, it is argued that the development of the Slovak family in the last decade reflects both historical continuity and significant changes. The combination of traditional and post-modern attitudes also prevails in young families. This contribution expresses a hypothesis that the life of the Slovak family is situated between continuity and change and it will be necessary not only to identify and verify its aspects and attributes but also to evaluate them. The authors suggest that we witness the first signals of a new rise in marriages, now already free from patriarchal ballast and integrating not only love, life together and sex, but also mutual tolerance, friendship and mutual support which provide strength and rest from the everyday rush, rest from the dictates of competition and sometimes also economic partnership. Sociológia 2006, Vol. 38 (No. 1: 5-30)

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Ondrejkovič, P., Majerčíková, J. 2006. Zmeny v spoločnosti a zmeny v rodine - kontinuita a zmena. In Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review, vol. 38, no.1, pp. 5-30.

Ondrejkovič, P., Majerčíková, J. (2006). Zmeny v spoločnosti a zmeny v rodine - kontinuita a zmena. Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review, 38(1), 5-30.

Keywords: family; changes in society; changes in family; marriage; demographic trends