The main line of argument is that ongoing modernization is synonymous with accelerated processes of detraditionalization and individualization. This calls for a re-conceptualisation of ‚Äėthe family‚Äô which enables researchers to grasp both continuity and change. The article refers to everyday life studies and social psychology and argues that the term ‚Äėfamily life‚Äô may serve as one stepping stone for transgressing the dichotomy.
Furthermore the article unfolds the implications of this framework for the research design and methods and it illustrates this by presenting a research design which comprises a multi-methodological approach combining quantitative and qualitative methods in the study of the relationship between the individual and the social (the individual/social); thus enabling analysis of both meaning and practices and of both continuity and change in family everyday life.
Lastly the contours of further research are outlined.