Call for Papers, Special Issue "The Family, the Individual and Welfare: Examining New Policy Approaches"


Special Issue "The Family, the Individual and Welfare: Examining New Policy Approaches"
Special Issue Editors

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Family Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Special Issue Editors
Prof. Dr. Almudena Moreno-Mínguez E-Mail Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Valladolid, 47002 Valladolid, Spain.
Interests: Family; Gender; Well-Being; Education; Youth; Inequality; Quality of life; European Societies.

Prof. Dr. Marta Ortega-Gaspar E-Mail Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Constitutional Law and Sociology, University of Malaga, 29071 Malaga, Spain
Interests: Work-Family Balance; Family; Ageing; Well-Being; Social Policies; Children's Well-Being; Intergenerational relations; European Societies
Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Modern societies are experiencing a great variety of changes at all the institutional levels (economical, political, religious-ideological, social, educational and familial). Among these changes, familial and demographic challenges, such as fertility reduction, the increase of partnership dissolutions, the modification of domestic patterns, a higher female presence in the labour market and the appearance of the so called “new paternities” are contributing to redefining our present and possible our future society. In this scenario, family policies should play an important role in supporting the most vulnerable members of society, either because of their age (children, old adults), their gender, their socio-economical position or their capacities (dependents). In this socio-economic context, it is necessary to reflect on different vectors of change such as Goldscheider et al. 2015 and Lastheage, 2010 have refered to: individualism, precariousness, deinstitutionalization, female revolution and gender equality.

This Special Issue call for studies that contribute to the theoretically or/and empirically analysis of family changes in relation to family policies in different welfare state regimes, with special attention paid to the study of paternity leaves (mothers and fathers), childcare, female employment, the process of partnership dissolution and child custody, children’s well-being, new parenting, gender roles and precarious situations.

This Special Issue welcomes papers analysing the current situation in a specific country or comparing different countries from a cross-sectional or longitudinal perspective. Social, family and gender policy analysis and its impact on family and the society as a whole will be considered of special interest, as will insightful comparisons within and across countries.

Prof. Dr. Almudena Moreno-Mínguez
Prof. Dr. Marta Ortega-Gaspar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Family Changes
Social Policies
Modernization process
Children’s Well-Being

Published Papers: This special issue is now open for submission.