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Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Increases in parental cohabitation, separation or divorce, and re-partnering or remarriage have generated an increase in the complexity of family and kinship ties. As a result, many scholars claim that family and kinship have become voluntary, with rights and obligations to be negotiated in the same way as those between friends and neighbors. This essay briefly reviews the demographic trends that have produced complex families and kin, and their projections into the future. It argues thatdoi:10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0437 fatcat:tp7umbrvhve3fc5yeab6hqtrsi