Rozvod a změny reprodukčních strategií
Title in English: Divorce and the Changes of Reproduction Strategies
Among others, the modernization of intimate relationships also offers the possibility to step out from an unsatisfactory marriage. The prevalence of divorce culture is a relatively new phenomenon gaining its importance during the recent decades and having potential consequences on the social reproduction mechanisms. The theoretical question on the most general level is phrased as follows: how will the mechanisms of social reproduction differ when the possibility of legal separation creates a growing category of people forced to redefine their life courses and reproduction strategies? What new reproduction mechanisms will emerge when a considerable proportion of children are socialized in one-parent families or step-families? The empirical enquiry is driven by the logic of sequential explanatory mixed-methods design. The first part of the analysis complies with the quantitative mode of description by means of secondary data analysis, and focuses on the description of various aspects of post-divorce situation in the Czech Republic such as the economic situation of divorced people, maternal trajectories of women experiencing divorce and their re-partnering. At the same time, it explores the effectiveness of the intergenerational transmission of educational attainment in divorced families compared with normal intact ones. Given the research approach based on the mixed-methods design, the qualitative study helps us to deepen the interpretation of the patterns found in the previous quantitative analysis. At this stage, we enrich our data with qualitative in-depth interviews. In accordance with the logic of grounded theory, we come to the end of the work with a theoretical model that tries to explain the changes in the reproduction strategies through the creation of a specific type of the individualization habitus and re-constructive components of the reproduction strategies.