Section 2 – A Role of Family in Uncertain Times

Before modern period, the main goal of the family laid in securing its members. However, the onset of modern period started a new trend characterized by weakening of its traditional role. This new trend is called long-lasting erosion of the family as an institution. To what extent does this erosion reach? The process did not stop at weakening the securing role of the family (securing the pensioner in old age, solidarity between members of the family and intergenerational solidarity especially), but it continued to the direct opposite-to the risk family (see e. g. Beck, 2004; Giddens, 1999). Not only the risk family does not secure its members, but also it calculates the risks associated with the formation of the family itself. Therefore, we are with increasing frequency confronted with the topics like: How much does it cost to have a baby? The aim of the section is to reflect the impacts of uncertain late modern period on the institutions such as family, marriage, partnership and lives of individuals. At the same time, we would like to reflect on its impacts on the transformation of natural, interpersonal and systemic solidarity.
(guarantor: PhDr. Martin Smutek, Ph.D.)