Gender, care and kinships networks: Family forms in Santiago, Chile


Paper by Francisca Ortiz, MICARE postdoctoral researcher, Herminia Gonzálvez, MICARE young researcher, and Alejandro Espinosa-Rada.

With both a qualitative and quantitative approach, this research seeks to understand the way in which Chileans from Santiago form and define their families. Sixteen in-depth interviews were analyzed with the ego-networks technique, processing the kinship networks of each interviewee. Finally, with a mixed methods approach, the researchers carried out a metric network analysis of the cognitive and relational structures of these families.

Main findings:

The authors propose four typologies to define families in Santiago: clique networks, cohesive families, families with extended and/or branched networks, and center-periphery family networks.

On the other hand, they conclude that women describe a more significant internal family cohesion than men.

Finally, special emphasis is placed on the diversity of family conformations and new definitions of kinship structures.

Foto de una familia comiendo. Se ven dos niños, una mujer mayor, una mujer y un hombre,