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A Life-Course Analysis of Geographical Distance to Siblings, Parents, and Grandparents in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7175-4040
2017 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 23, no 3, e2020Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study makes a contribution to the demography and geography of kinship by studying how internal migration and demography shape the geographical availability of kin in contemporary Sweden. Age structures an individual's relationship with their parents and other kin, and this is reflected in how geographical distance to kin varies over the life course. This study uses a longitudinal approach in which the distance to siblings, parents, and grandparents is measured for the same individuals at different ages. The study follows all men and women in Sweden born in 1970 (N = 74,406) and their kin from age 10 (in 1980) to age 37 (in 2007), examining changes in distances to kin at ages when the cohort leave the parental home and often begin a new family. Swedish administrative registers containing yearly information on residence of everyone in Sweden are used to examine how geographical proximity changes over the life course. The study reveals overall continuity in geographical distance to family members after age 25. Overall, results show that Swedes live close to parents, siblings, and grandparents and have a large family network in their proximity. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 23, no 3, e2020
Keyword [en]
family geography, grandparents, life course, siblings, Sweden, intergenerational relations
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociological Demography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131725DOI: 10.1002/psp.2020ISI: 000400988400011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131725DiVA: diva2:941675
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2013-5164
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Multigenerational Processes in Demography
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multigenerational Processes in Demography
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary social science research has often focused on nuclear family relationships, and has largely neglected kinship and family outside the nuclear household. In this doctoral thesis I explore demographic issues from a multigenerational perspective, using Swedish register data and mathematical modeling. In different chapters I examine intergenerational transmission of fertility—the relationship between the number of siblings and other kin, and the fertility of an individual. The thesis demonstrates the possibilities for empirical research on family and kinship based on Swedish register data. Unique linkage opportunities across three and four generations are applied to previously unexplored research questions. The studies in the thesis demonstrate the importance of kin outside the household, such as grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins, for fertility and family dynamics.

Abstract [sv]

Samhällsvetenskaplig forskning har i hög grad varit fokuserad på kärnfamiljer, och i lägre grad undersökt släktskap utanför hushållet. Den här avhandlingen undersöker demografiska frågor utifrån ett flergenerationsperspektiv med hjälp av svenska registerdata och matematisk modellering. I de olika studierna undersöker jag den sociala överföringen av barnafödande mellan fler generationer—sambanden mellan antalet syskon och andra familjemedlemmar, och en persons barnafödande. Avhandlingen demonstrerar hur svenska registerdata möjliggör empirisk forskning om familj och släktskap. De unika kopplingsmöjligheterna över tre till fyra generationer appliceras på tidigare outforskade forskningsfrågor. Avhandlingen visar vikten av släktskap utanför kärnfamiljen, så som far/mor-föräldrar samt kusiner, för familjedemografiska processer.

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Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 2014. 64 p.
Series
Dissertation series / Stockholm University Demography Unit, ISSN 1404-2304 ; 12
Keyword
demography, kinship, intergenerational transmission, multigenerational demography, fertility, grandparents, Sweden, distance, cultural evolution
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociological Demography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106987 (URN)978-91-7447-976-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-10-04, A2, Universitetsvägen 10 A, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Swedish Research Council, 340-2013-5164
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2017-05-10Bibliographically approved

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