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What research issues for today's families?

Gilles Pronovost

This article draws on surveys of specialists involved in family research, on an accounting of the thematic and disciplinary orientations of the first six Quebec symposiums on family research and on the production of master’s and doctoral theses. This data is contextualized so as to provide an overview of the development of family research in Quebec. It concludes by suggesting that a reconfiguration of the conceptual field of the family supposes the opening up of other thematic perspectives. In other words, even though the notion of family has frittered away and lost its original substance, it has not lost the ability to provide food for thought concerning the new social phenomena that traverse contemporary societies.