Eric D. Widmer

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Family Configurations



Family research often predefine what families are and focus on a small number of family dyads (mostly husbands and wives, sometimes parents and their biological children or siblings). Because of the complexity of contemporary family contexts, researchers need to go beyond those dyads and see how a large and non deterministic set of family relationships are intertwined.

The configurational perspective on families provides a new way of studying family relationships based on social network methods. I believe that it helps to the understanding of a variety of family experiences. THIS BOOK presents the fundamentals of the configurational perspective on families, as well as a variety of case studies on families based on that perspective

From the 1930s through the 1990s, German sociologist Norbert Elias’s theory of social groups as configurations contributed greatly to various fields of sociology. We note here a few of his most pertinent arguments for family research. Elias defined configurations as “structures of mutually oriented and dependent people”. Individuals, Elias proposed, are interdependent in a configuration because each one fulfills some of the others' needs for social recognition, power, emotional proximity, financial and practical resources, or other socially defined needs. As such, configurations have to deal with power issues: resources are scarce and individuals, while cooperating, also compete for them within groups. This competition creates tensions and conflicts, which are beyond individual control. The patterns of interdependencies that characterize any configuration, therefore, are largely unintended (Newton, 1999). They, in turn, shape the cooperation strategies and the conflicts that occur in each dyad belonging to it (Elias, 1983).

The configurational perspective on families is based on four assumptions:

First, families should not be defined mainly by institutional criteria such as “belonging to a household” or “being part of a socially recognized partnership.” Although these criteria are important in their own right, they are not central in the configurational approach. The actualized relationships should instead be the point of departure.

Second, instead of focusing on specific dyads (e.g., the conjugal relationship or the tie between a parent and a child) as independent and separate entities, the configurational perspective takes into consideration the larger network of relationships in which the dyads are embedded. In order to understand the functioning of any dyad, we need to analyze also its relational context: the pattern of family relationships affecting the conjugal tie, for example.

Third, individuals and group structures are twofold. On one hand, understanding choices, commitments, and negotiations that individuals make in their lives requires a clear understanding of the family interdependencies in which they are embedded, and on the other hand, understanding the interdependencies linking individuals requires insights about identity, choices, and commitments that individuals make regarding their family members. A configurational approach cannot ignore the structural dimensions of family configurations or the impact that individuals’ identity, perceptions, and projects have on him or her.

Finally, a configuration perspective on the family emphasizes its historical and spatial nature. All human configurations evolve through time and place: chains of interdependencies among individuals change because of societal, social, cultural, and economic changes. A configurational approach of the family should include information about time and place and should measure change and stability across historical periods and individual life courses.

The configurational perspective on families is associated with the Family Network Method (FNM), an instrument that I have been developing and testing for more than a decade.



List of references


Cesnuitytè, V., Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D. eds. (2017). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. p. 331. Ref bibtex | description |



Cesnuitytè, V., Widmer, E.D., Detlev, L. (2017). Introduction. In : Cesnuitytè, V., Widmer, E.D., Detlev, L. (eds). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. p. 1-37. Ref bibtex | description |



Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D., Cesnuitytè, V. (2017). Conclusion: Changes and Continuities in European Family Life. In: Cesnuitytè, V., Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. pp. 317-331. Ref bibtex | description |



Ganjour, O., Widmer, E.D. (2017). Family Salience across Nations: Configurations of Morphological Conditions. In: Cesnuitytè, V., Detlev, L., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Family Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London. pp. 35-59. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Viry, G. (2017). Family inclusiveness and spatial dispersion: The spatial consequences of having large and diversified family configurations. Open Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 5, pp. 350-367.

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Sapin, M., Widmer, E.D., Iglesias, K. (2016). From support to overload: Patterns of positive and negative family relationships of adults with mental illness over time. Social Networks. Vol. 47, pp. 59-72.

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Widmer, E.D. (2016). Family configurations. A Structural Approach to Family Diversity. London, Routledge (reedition). Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Ganjour, O. (2016). Patterns of family salience and welfare state regimes: sociability practices and support norms in a comparative perspective. European Societies. Vol. 18, n°3, pp. 201-220. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Girardin, M. (2016). Actively generating one's family: How elders shape their family configurations. In : Scabini, E., Rossi, G. (eds). L'allungamento della vita. Una risorsa per la famiglia, un'opportunità per la società. Vita E Pensiero, Milano. pp. 85-104.

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Castrén, A.-M., Widmer, E.D.(2015). Insiders and outsiders in stepfamilies: Adults' and children's views on family boundaries . Current Sociology. Vol. 63(1), pp. 35-56.

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Favez, N., Widmer, E.D., Doan, M.-T., Tissot, H. (2015). Coparenting in Stepfamilies: Maternal Promotion of Family Cohesiveness with Partner and with Father. Journal of Child and Family Studies . Vol. 24, pp. 3268-3278.

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Girardin, M., Widmer, E.D. (2015). Lay definitions of family and social capital in later life. Personal Relationships. Vol. 22, pp. 712-737. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Giudici, F., Widmer, E.D. (2015). Gendered Occupational Shifts in the Transition to Parenthood: The Influence of Personal Networks. Sociology. pp. 1-21.

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Aeby, G., Widmer, E.D., De Carlo, I. (2014). Bonding and Bridging Social Capital in Step- and First-Time Families and the Issue of Family Boundaries. Interpersona. Vol. 8(1), pp. 51-69. Ref bibtex | description | full text



De Carlo, I., Aeby, G., Widmer, E.D. (2014). La variété des configurations familiales après une recomposition : choix et contraintes. Revue suisse de sociologie. Vol. 40, n°1, pp.9-27. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D. (2014). Marital Quality and Family Configurations. In: Michalos AC (ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research . Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 3800-3804.

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Widmer, E. D. (2014). Partnerships, family and personal configurations. In : Treas, J., Scott, J., and Richards, M. ( eds). The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families. Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, pp. 236-254. description |



Widmer, E.D. (2014). Sociologie de la famille. Un demi-siècle de pluralisation des formes familiales, et après ? In: Servais, P. (ed). Regards sur la famille, le couple et la sexualité. Un demi-siècle de mutations. Academia Harmattan S.A., pp. 35-46. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Gouveia, R., Widmer, E.D. (2014). The salience of kinship in personal networks of three cohorts of Portuguese people. Families, Relationships and Societies. Policy Press. description | full text



Milardo, R.M., Helms, H.M., Widmer, E.D., Marks, S.R. (2014). Social capitalization in personal relationships. In: Agnew, C.R. (ed). Social Influences on Romantic Relationships. Cambridge University Press, pp. 33-57.

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Widmer, E.D., Favez, N., Doan, M.-T. (2014). Coparentage et logiques configurationnelles dans les familles recomposées et de première union. Politiques sociales et familiales. Vol. 117, pp. 45-57. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Doan, M.-T., Favez, N., Widmer, E.D. (2013). Coparentage, capital social et diversité des familles: une perspective confiturationnelle. In: Bergonnier-Dupuy, G., Join-Lambert, H. et Durning, P. (eds). Traité d'éducation familiale. Dunod, Paris. pp. 136-149.

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Lüscher, K., Liegle, L., Lange, A., Hoff, A., Stoffel, M., Viry, G., Widmer, E. (2013). Générations, relations intergénérationnelles, politiques des générations: Un abrégé trilingue. Generationes. International Network for the Study of Intergenerational Issues. description |



Widmer, E.D., Kempf-Constantin, N.L., Sapin, M., Galli Carminati, G. (2013). Family beyond parents? An exploration of family configurations and psychological adjustment in young adults with intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 34, n°1, pp. 207-217. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Aeby, G. et Sapin, M. (2013). Collecting Family Network Data. International Review of Sociology . Vol. 23, n° 1, pp. 27-46. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Favez, N., Aeby, G., De Carlo, I., Doan, M.-T. (2012). Capital social et coparentage dans les familles recomposées et de première union. Sociograph N°13 / 2012. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Kellerhals, J., Widmer, E.D. (2012). Familles en Suisse. Nouveaux liens. 3ème édition. Le Savoir suisse, Lausanne. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E. D., Aeby, G. et De Carlo , I. (2012). Le ricomposizioni familiari in una prospettiva configurativa, Sociologia e politiche sociali. Vol. 15, no. 2 (Special Edition on Personal Networks), pp. 85-111. Ref bibtex | full text



De Carlo, I., Widmer, E.D. (2011). The Fabric of Trust in Families: Inherited of Achieved ? In Jallinoja R., Widmer E.D. (eds) Families and Kinship in Contemporary Europe : Rules and Practices of Relatedness. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life, pp. 216-233.

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Joye, D., Pirinoli, C., Spini, D., Widmer, E. eds. (2011). Parcours de vie et insertions sociales. Editions Seismo, Zürich. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Lüscher, K. (2011). Les relations intergénérationelles au prisme de l'ambivalence et des configurations familiales. Recherches familiales. n°8, p. 49-60. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Gauthier, J.-A. (2011). Le modèle développemental à la lumière des trajectoires familiales contemporaines: confirmation ou remise en question? In Joye, D., Pirinoli, C., Spini, D., Widmer, E.D. (eds). Parcours de vie et insertions sociales. Seismo Verlag, Zürich, pp. 150-167. Ref bibtex | description |



Jallinoja, R., Widmer, E.D. (2011). Introduction. Socio-cultural Theories on Family Life. In Jallinoja R., Widmer E.D. (eds). Families and Kinship in Contemporary Europe : Rules and Practices of Relatedness. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life, pp. 3-12.



Jallinoja, R., Widmer, E.D. (2011). Afterthoughts. In Jallinoja R., Widmer E.D. (eds). Families and Kinship in Contemporary Europe : Rules and Practices of Relatedness. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life, pp. 234-249.

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Widmer, E.D. (2010) Entre solidarité et interférence, les familles et les relations entre générations. In: Auf dem Weg zu einer Generationenpolitik / En route vers une politique des générations. Académie suisse des sciences humaines et sociales, pp. 131-145.



Widmer, E.D. (2010). Book review of The Forgotten Kin: Aunts and Uncles, by R.M. Milardo. Population and Development Review, vol. 36, n°3, pp. 636-637.

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Lüscher, K., Liegle, L., Lange, A., Hoff, A., Stoffel, M., Viry, G., Widmer, E. (2010). Générations, relations intergénérationnelles, politiques des générations: Un abrégé trilingue. Académie suisse des sciences humaines et sociales. Bern. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Jallinoja, R., Widmer, E.D. eds (2010). Families and Kinship in Contemporary Europe : Rules and Practices of Relatedness. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Kempf-Constantin, N.L., Galli Carminati, G. (2010). Exploring Perceptions of Family Relationships by Individuals With Intellectual Disability and Psychiatric Disorders. Families in societies, vol. 91, n°4, pp. 378-384. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer E.D., Ritschard G., Müller N. (2009). Trajectoires professionnelles et familiales en Suisse: quelle pluralisation ? In Oris M., Widmer E.D., de Ribaupierre A., Joye D., Spini D., Labouvie-Vief G., Falter J.-M. Transitions dans les parcours de vie et construction des inégalités. Lausanne, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, pp. 253-272. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Giudici, F., Le Goff, J.-M., Pollien, A. (2009). From Support to Control. A Configurational Perspective on Conjugal Quality. Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 71, n° 13, pp. 437-448. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Sapin, M., Widmer,E.,(2008).Social Isolation or Relational Instability? Family Configurations of Women at Risk of Child Abandonment In: Widmer E. D. and Jallinoja R.(Eds). Beyond the Nuclear Family. Families in a Configurational Perspective.. Peter Lang, Berne, pp. 303-328. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D. and Castren, A.-M. and Jallinoja R. and Ketovici,K. (2008).Introduction In: Widmer E. D. and Jallinoja R.(Eds). Beyond the Nuclear Family. Families in a Configurational Perspective. Peter Lang, Berne, pp. 1-12. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D. and Castren, A.-M. and Jallinoja R. and Ketovici,K. (2008).Afterthoughts In: Widmer E. D. and Jallinoja R.(Eds). Beyond the Nuclear Family. Families in a Configurational Perspective. Peter Lang, Berne, pp. 379-401. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer,E.,D. and Sapin,M. (2008).Families on the Move. Insights on Family Configurations of individuals undergoing Psychotherapy In: Widmer E. D. and Jallinoja R.(Eds). Beyond the Nuclear Family. Families in a Configurational Perspective.. Peter Lang, Berne, pp. 279-302. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Burton Jeangros, Cl., Widmer, E.D., Lalive d'Epinay, C., eds (2007). Interactions familiales et constructions de l'intimité. L'Harmattan, Paris. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Kellerhals, J., Widmer, E.D. (2007). Familles en Suisse. Nouveaux liens. 2ème édition. Savoir suisse, Lausanne. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer E., Robert-Tissot C., Sapin M. (2007). Intimités conjugales et configurations familiales. Une application du Family network method aux populations cliniques. In : Burton-Jeangros C. Widmer E., Lalive d’Epinay C. (eds). Interactions familiales et constructions de l’intimité. Paris, L’Harmattan, pp. 381-398. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D. (2007). Social capital in wide family contexts: An empirical assessment using social network methods. International Review of Sociology, vol. 17, n° 2, pp. 225-238. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D. (2006). Who are my family members? Bridging and binding social capital in family configurations. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, vol. 23, n° 6, pp. 979-998. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Legoff, J.-M., Hammer, R., Kellerhals, J., Levy, R. (2006). Embedded Parenting? The influence of Conjugal Networks on Parent-Child Relationships. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, vol. 23, n°3, pp. 387-406. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Kellerhals, J., Widmer, E.D. (2005). Familles en Suisse. Nouveaux liens. Savoir suisse, Lausanne. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer,E.,D., Chevalier,M., Dumas,P. (2005). Le Family network method(FNM) : Un outil d'investigation des configurations familiales à disposition des thérapeutes. Thérapie Familiale. Vol. 26, pp. 423-441. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer,E. (2004).Couples and their networks In: Richards M., Scott J., Treas J.(Eds). Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families. Blackwell publisher, London, pp. 356-373. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., Kellerhals, J., Levy, R. (2004). Types of conjugal networks, conjugal conflict and conjugal quality. European Sociological Review, vol. 20, n° 1, pp. 63-77.

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Widmer,E.,D., Kellerhals,J.,Levy,R. (2003).Modelli di funzionamento conjugale e radicamento nel contesto sociale in Swizzera In: G. Rossi(Eds). La Famiglia In Europa. Carocci, 131-160., pp. 131-160. Ref bibtex | description |



Widmer, E.D., La Farga, L.-A. (2000). Family Networks: A Sociometric Method to Study Relationships in Families. Field Methods, vol. 12, n°2, pp. 108-128. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Weiss, C. (2000). Do older siblings make a difference? The effects of older sibling support and older sibling adjustment on the adjustment of socially disadvantaged adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, vol. 10, n°1, pp. 1-29. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., La Farga, L.-A. (1999). Boundedness and Connectivity of Contemporary Families: A case study. Connections, vol. 22, n°2, pp. 30-36. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D., Romney, A.K., Boyd, J. (1999). Cognitive aspects of step-terms in American kinship. American Anthropologist, vol. 101, n°2, pp. 374-378. Ref bibtex | description | full text



Widmer, E.D. (1999). Family contexts as cognitive networks: A structural approach of family relationships. Personal Relationships, vol. 6, n°4, pp. 487-503.

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Coenen-Huther, J., Kellerhals, J., Von Allmen, M., Hagmann, H., Jeannerat, F., Widmer, E.D. (1994). Les réseaux de solidarité dans la famille. Réalités sociales, Lausanne. Ref bibtex | full text



Von Allmen, M., Burton-Jeangros, C., Pillonel, O.,Widmer, E.,D. (1994). Statuts et relations dans la proche parenté. Ref bibtex |



Kellerhals J., Coenen-Huther J., Von Allmen M., Hagmann H. M., Jeannerat F., Widmer E. D. (1993). Parentés d'aujourd'hui: entre solidarité et détachement. Rapport scientifique au FNRS, 440p. (collaboration). Ref bibtex |



Recent scientific presentations

Conflict structures in family networks of older adults and their relation with health related quality of life. Présentation au Welcome day - Beginning of summer semester "Life course influences on health and agency". Université de Genève, le 22 février 2017.


Approfondissement de quelques questions complémentaires. Les Assises de la familles "La prise en charge extrascolaire et extrafamiliale des enfants de 4 à 18 ans". Université de Genève, le 31 mai 2016.


Configurations et dynamiques familiales. Organisateur du XIXe colloque international de l'AIDELF (Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française). Strasbourg, 21 au 24 juin 2016..


Recomposition de la famille suite à la séparation: Formes et facteurs sociologiques. Conférence donnée à l'association du pouvoir judiciaire. Genève, le 29 avril 2016.


Sharing day light with family members. How do individuals share time with others? Presentation with G. Vagni at the ESA 2015 Conference. Meeting of the Research Network "Sociology of families and intimate lives" (RN13) of the European Sociological Association. Czech Republic, Pragua, 25th-28th August, 2015, 26th August 2015..


How is Early Adult Family Formation related to Coparenting in Mid-Life? A Comparison of First-time Families and Stepfamilies. Poster présenté avec Anette Fasang et Nicolas Favez à la Conférence de la Population Association of America. San Diego, Mars 2015. .


Participation à la discussion dans le panel d'experts intitulée " Welche Rolle sollte und darf der Staat bei der Regulierung von Ehe und Partnerschaft einnehmen ? Wo soll er sich zurückhalten? " lors du colloque interdisciplinaire de l'ASSH sur l'avenir du droit de la famille en Suisse "Ehe und Partnerschaft zwischen Norm und Realität". Universität Bern, Dienstag, 23 Juin 2015.


Recompositions familiales et fonctionnements socio-affectifs dans l'enfance et le début de l'adolescence. Symposium organisé par le Groupe de Recherche sur la Santé des Adolescents (IUMSP-CHUV), l'Institut des Sciences Sociales (SSP-UNIL) et l'Institut de Psychologie (SSP-UNIL) et intitulé "Les Relations Parents-Adolescents en questions". Université de Lausanne, 4 juin 2015.


Actively generating one’s family:How elders shape their family configurations. Présentation à l'EXPO Milano 2015 "Feeding the memory to feed the generations: active elders and well-being". Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 11-12 mai 2015. 11 mai 2015.


Configurations familiales et fonctionnements sociaux-affectifs dans l’enfance et l’adolescence. 16e Conférence nationale sur la promotion de la santé "Promouvoir notre santé tout au long de la vie". Messe Lucerne, 29 janvier 2015.


Diverse family formation trajectories and their consequences for coparenting. Présentation avec Anette Fasang à un colloque organisé par l'Université de Berne, 10 décembre 2014.


Forces, limites et ambivalences des solidarités dans la parenté. Présentation avec Jean Kellerhals à la Conférence "Coopération et réseaux familiaux - Rôle des liens de parenté". Université de Lausanne, le 5 novembre 2014..


Family Strategies, Social Policies and Social Capital: A Comparative Approach. Presentation with Olga Ganjour at the Interim Meeting of the Research Network "Sociology of families and intimate lives" (RN13) of the European Sociological Association. Lithuania, Vilnius, 25th-27th, 2014. 26th September 2014..


The importance of the family in social capital and the welfare states: a comparative approach. ESA 2013 11th Conference. With O. Ganjour. Turin, Italy, 28th-31th August 2013 .


The salience of kinship: Personal networks and biographies and family values in three cohorts of Portuguese. ESA 2013 11th Conference. Turin, Italy, 28th-31th 2013 .


Family Configurations and Social Networks. Conférence à l'Institut de Sciences sociales de Lisbonne. Percursos de Vida e Redes Sociais em Portugal: Resultados de pesquisa. Portugal, 24 janvier 2013.


Personal networks and family support norms in the different types of Welfare States: a quantitative approach. Presentation at the interim meeting of the European Sociological Association (ESA) research network 13 "Families, care and work facing the challenges of a globalized world: policies, practices and service". With O. Granjour. Milan, Italy, 13th-15th September 2012 .


If I had known our couple turned that way, I would not have stopped working. A biographical account of labor force participation and conjugal love. Presentation at the interim meeting of the European Sociological Association (ESA) research network 13 "Families, care and work facing the challenges of a globalized world: policies, practices and service". With M. Schicka. Milan, Italy, 13th-15th September 2012 .


family Configurations and Social Capital in Stepfamilies. Committee on Family Research, ISA (International Sociological Association) Seminar. New family forms following family dissolution: consequences in/on postmodern society. With G. Aeby and I. De Carlo. University of Louvain, Belgium, 12th-14th September 2012 .


Configurations familiales et biographies individuelles. Ecole thématique CNRS. Porquerolles, 10-14 septembre 2012.13 septembre 2012. .


The Influence of Family Trajectories on Personal Networks. ESFR Congress, Families in a Changing Europe. Challenges, Conflicts and Intervention. With G. Aeby, J.-A. Gauthier, D. Joye and P.-A. Roch. Norway, Lillehammer, 26th-29th September 2012.


Cohabitational trajectories against the family developmental model: an application of optimal matching on family issues. Lausanne Conference on Sequence Analysis (LaCOSA). With Jacques-Antoine Gauthier. University of Lausanne, 6th-8th June, 2012 .


Family Configurations. Beyond The Nuclear Family. 10th Congress of the European Sociological Association (ESA). With Karin Wall. University of Geneva, September, 7th-10th 2011. September 10th, 2011.


Approches sociologiques de la famille en Europe : les grandes tendances de ces 50 dernières années. 50 ans de l'Ecole de Sexologie et des Sciences de la Famille (ESFA). Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique. 12-16 octobre 2011, 12 octobre 2011.


Families in space: a configurational perspective. International Workshop, The Everyday Life of Multi-Local Families. Deutsches Jugendinstitut, Munich, 20th - 21st October 2011. 20th October 2011.


The Network of Sociability and Family Support Norms in the Different Welfare States: A Quantitative Approach from the Data of International Social Survey Program (ISSP). 10th Congress of the European Sociological Association (ESA). With Olga Granjour. University of Geneva, September, 7th-10th 2011. September 9th, 2011..


Coparenting and Child Development in Stepfamilies. 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Montreal, Quebec, March 31-April 2, 2011. April 2, 2011.


Stepfamilies and child development : Preliminary results from a configurational research on 300 families living in Switzerland. Université de Zürich, 11 novembre 2010.


My choice of theirs ? Social network effects on occupational changes during the transition to parenthood. Avec F. Giudici. International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Sunbelt XXX. Italy, Trento. 29 June – 4 July 2010. 1st July 2010.


Families in a Configurational Perspective: Dyadic and Structural Ambivalence in Family Relationships. 5th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR), Family Transitions and Family in Transitions. Italie. Milan, Università Cattolica, 29 September – 2 October 2010. 30 September 2010.


Changes in Conjugal Life, Conference of the Institute for Social Sciences « Research on Families and Family Policies in Europe ». Université de Lisbonne, 25-27 mai 2010. 26 mai 2010.


Widmer E.D., Viry G., Kaufmann V., Does it matter for us that my partner or I commute ? Spatial mobility for job reasons and the quality of conjugal relationship in France, Germany, and Switzerland. European Sociological Association (ESA) research network Sociology of Family and Intimate Lives. Germany. Wiesbaden, 16 septembre 2010.


Family and Job Mobility. 5th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR), Family Transitions and Families in Transition. Italie. Milan, Università Cattolica, 29 September – 2 October 2010, 29 September 2010.


Geographical mobility and family life: How to (re-)think family in a mobile world ? Organization of the Interim meeting of the European Sociological Association (ESA) research network “Sociology of Family and Intimate Lives”. Germany. Wiesbaden, September 16th-18th.


Réseaux familiaux (Microsimulation, modélisation des relations intergénérationnelles). Organisateur de la séance du mardi 22 juin du XVIe Colloque international de l'AIDELF "Relations intergénérationnelles enjeux démographiques". Université de Genève, 21-24 juin 2010.


Entre conflits et solidarités, les ambivalences familiales dans le parcours de vie. Présentation plénière. Congrès de l'association suisse de Sociologie. Genève, 8 septembre 2009.


My choice or theirs ? Work intentions and network members during the transition to parenthood. Avec Francesco Giudici. Présentation au Congrès de l'Association Européenne de Sociologie. Lisbonne, 4 septembre 2009.


Les familles en réseau: une approche configurationelle de l'intime. Conférence à l'Association des professeurs de l'Université de Genève, 10 mars 2009.


From Support to Control. A Configurational Perspective on Conjugal relationships. Interim- meeting du réseau de recherche “family and intimate lives” de la European Sociological Association. Family in the making. Theorizing family in the contemporary European context. University of Helskinki, 27-29 août 2008.


Recent public interventions


La Famille des Trente Glorieuses est une exception historique. Le Temps, 30 décembre 2013.
files/other/LeTemps_30122013.

Veiller sur les séniors: une obligation ? Interview à la Radio Suisse romande. Les Temps modernes, le 1er juillet 2013.
http://www.rts.ch/audio/la-1ere/programmes/les-temps-modernes/5015219-veiller-sur-les-seniors-une-obligation-01-07-2013.html.

Quelle place laisser à son ex quand on refait sa vie? Le Matin Dimanche, 28 octobre 2012.
files/other/ExConjoint_281012.

Famille: vive la fin du modèle traditionnel. Interview à la Radio Suisse Romande. En Ligne Directe. 26 septembre 2012.
http://www.rts.ch/la-1ere/programmes/en-ligne-directe/4283316-famille-vive-la-fin-du-modele-traditionnel.html.

La famille et le couple en Suisse: sa constitution, son fonctionnement, les éléments qui participent à son émiettement, les nouvelles organisations familiales et la place de l'enfant. Cours à l'Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch. Sion, 6 juin 2012 .

Enjeux démographiques, quelles familles génèrent quels enfants, précarité et ressources ? Colloque Integras "Quel accueil pour quel enfant ?" Morat. 31 mai et 1er juin 2012. 1er juin 2012
http://www.integras.ch/cms/fileadmin/pdf/Murtenbroschuere_2012.pdf .

Widmer, E.D. (2011). Configurations des familles actuelles, diversité, ressources et tensions. L'institution familière, papa, maman, l'éduc. et moi. Integras, Association professionnelle pour l'éducation sociale et la pédagogie spécialisée. N°35, Zürich.
files/other/Integras.

Vous habitez toujours chez vos parents ? Interview à la Télévision Suisse Romande sur les "enfants boomerangs". Temps Présent. 1er mars 2012.

Stabilité des nouvelles configurations familiales. Qu'est-ce qui est en jeu ? Colloque Integras "Placement extrafamilial: ultima ratio. Qu'imposons-nous aux enfants et adolescents ?" Berne, Kulturcasino. 17 janvier 2012.

Le Parlement réinvente la Famille. La Liberté, 5 octobre 2011.
files/other/liberte05102011.pdf.

Ma famille aujourd'hui. Le Journal de l'UNIGE, N°45. 17-31 mars 2011.
files/other/LeJournalUNIGE_45.pdf.

La famille on la construit. Interview dans le magazine Coopération, N° 39. 28 septembre 2010.
/files/other/CooperationN°39.pdf.

Parents au bord de la crise de nerfs - risques et aides possibles / Am Rande des Nervenzusammenbruchs - Risiken und mögliche Auswege für Eltern unter Druck. Symposium au Kulturcasino à Berne, 17 novembre 2010.

Configurations des familles actuelles, diversité, ressources et tensions. Colloque de Morat Integras, 27 et 28 mai 2010.

La famille, changements et permanences, exposé dans le cadre du module 8, certificat de perfectionnement en politique sociale. Université de Genève. 27 mai 2010.

Et demain, que reste-t-il de la famille ? Conférence à Unimail pour le Lions Club Genève dans le cadre des Partner's Night. 19 avril 2010.

Est-il vrai que les mères sont insupportables ? Café scientifique au Musée d'histoire des sciences. 22 février 2010.

Conférence sur les familles en réseau à Uni3 (Université du troisième âge). Université de Genève. 9 décembre 2009
files/other/conferenceFamilleUni3Widmer.pdf.

Les nouvelles formes de familles. Invité du 12h30. Radio suisse romande la première. 7 décembre 2009.

Familles recomposées, familles intractes, quelles configurations familiales? Présentation des résultats de l'atelier de recherche au déjeuner sociologique. Université de Genève. 18 février 2009.

Interview à la Smala sur les nouvelles parentalités. Diffusion le 24 janvier. 24 janvier 2008.

Les familles en réseau. Une approche configurationnelle des formes de l'intime. Conférence invitée par l'Association des professeurs de l'Université de Genève (APUG). Mardi 10 mars 2009. Unimail. NULL.

Peut-on regretter d'avoir eu des enfants? Interview dans le cadre de la Samla, émission de la Radio Suisse romande. 24 janvier 2009.

Conférence à l'Exposition à Cité Seniors Créez votre photo de famille 15 janvier 2009.

Point fort du 19 heuress sur la TSR1. Noël ne connait pas la crise. 19 décembre 2008.

Interview dans le Courrier « Noël fait le lien entre les générations », 24 décembre 2008. NULL.

Présentation au déjeuner sociologique. Université de Genève. Ties that bind. Care and social capital in family configurations, 17 décembre 2008. NULL.

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