Reconsidering the Northwest European Family System: Living Arrangements of the Aged in Comparative Historical Perspective.

@article{Ruggles2009ReconsideringTN,
  title={Reconsidering the Northwest European Family System: Living Arrangements of the Aged in Comparative Historical Perspective.},
  author={S. Ruggles},
  journal={Population and development review},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 2},
  pages={
          249-273
        }
}
  • S. Ruggles
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • Population and development review
Between the late nineteenth century and the 1960s, social theorists argued that economic development was inversely associated with complex family forms. The idea originated with Frederic Le Play, one of the earliest scholars to undertake empirical analysis of the family. Le Play idealized stem families, in which one child remained at home to work on the family farm and eventually inherit it, thus continuing the family line. In 1872, Le Play wrote that stem families were disappearing “among the… Expand
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