Family in Germany During the Twentieth Century

Conflicts of Ideals, Policies, and Praxis

This project correlates family ideals with family life and the institutional setting such as legal regulation. It thereby aims to shed light on the question of how socio-cultural change was initiated and progressed in Germany during the twentieth century. In detail, it will be asked how social actors defined ‘family’ in different periods and political systems as well as when and how their family ideals changed. Moreover, the social structures of families, everyday family life and gender roles will be reviewed. In particular, the project analyses how they shifted in the course of the twentieth century. Finally, the project portrays the institutional settings such as legal regulations in which the debates on family ideals and family life were embedded. Reviewing the exchange relationship between the three factors in a final step, the project will provide an explanation for the progress of social change. This approach will trace the continuities and caesuras of family ideals, everyday family life and gender roles in German families during the twentieth century. It will thereby also provide an explanation for the influence of democratic and authoritarian political systems on these changes.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christopher Neumaier

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Email: neumaier [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

Family in Germany During the Twentieth Century

Conflicts of Ideals, Policies, and Praxis

This project correlates family ideals with family life and the institutional setting such as legal regulation. It thereby aims to shed light on the question of how socio-cultural change was initiated and progressed in Germany during the twentieth century. In detail, it will be asked how social actors defined ‘family’ in different periods and political systems as well as when and how their family ideals changed. Moreover, the social structures of families, everyday family life and gender roles will be reviewed. In particular, the project analyses how they shifted in the course of the twentieth century. Finally, the project portrays the institutional settings such as legal regulations in which the debates on family ideals and family life were embedded. Reviewing the exchange relationship between the three factors in a final step, the project will provide an explanation for the progress of social change. This approach will trace the continuities and caesuras of family ideals, everyday family life and gender roles in German families during the twentieth century. It will thereby also provide an explanation for the influence of democratic and authoritarian political systems on these changes.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christopher Neumaier

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Email: neumaier [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung