The Progress of Family Sociology in the Postwar Era and its Contemporary Phases

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  • 戦後家族社会学の展開とその現代的位相
  • センゴ カゾク シャカイガク ノ テンカイ ト ソノ ゲンダイテキ イソウ

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The aim of this paper is mainly to throw light on the general outline of the development of Family Sociology over the past 20 years, which is the task of this anniversary theme session. In retrospect, from the late 1980s, the preliminary period of the Japan Society of Family Sociology, to the present, there was a grouping period seeking a new paradigm of Family Sociology, as the Nuclear Family Paradigm and Group Theory Paradigm, on which postwar Family Sociology had been relying, lost momentum and persuasiveness. For these 20 years, extrication from a dependence on Nuclear Family Paradigm and Group Theory Paradigm and seeking a new paradigm have been the overriding issues for Family Sociology. Both sides of the institution and research dyad before the 1980s had maintained their cohesive force but they were divided and became widely dispersed. This paper plans to give an overview by depicting the outline of the past 20 years on both sides, considering thereafter the present circumstances and future prospects of current Family Sociology.

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