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Nuclear family
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1. Significance and terminology

The phrase nuclear family (French famille nucléaire, German Kernfamille) is a technical term in family sociology and historical demography. It denotes both afamily unit consisting of parents and children within a larger genealogical context and, by extension, a “nuclear family household,” a household collective consisting solely of parents and children. Since the 1970s, German-speaking scholars have deliberately used the term Kernfam…

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Nuclear family”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022087>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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