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1,2Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

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This article reviews geography, essence, and regional particularities of worldwide family institution researches to identify the present condition and the perspective study areas. Necessity of this research is caused by current modernizing of family researches that will promote more effective realization of Ukraine`s research and development potential. There are certain scientific geographical schools studying the institution of family, each of them having somewhat different level of research development. We distinguish American, British, French, and Russian scientific schools. Ukrainian school deals with similar problems that Russian one, but less developed due to considerable lack of specialists directly involved in the research. Accordingly, these schools have different specialization, but the important fact is that in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Japan, and more recently in Russia, studies focus on disclosing the essence of postmodern society development and its consequences for society and the institution of the family in particular. Analyzing the data we found that the main factors defining modern family transformation in Ukraine are the media, particularly the Internet and television, advertising, and education. Today’s epoch is marked by overall cultivation of the personal negative qualities and values that destroys social bonds and also leads to the individualization through the atomization of people in society. This atomization of society reduces public family relationships to primitive mechanical interaction. Spatial-ontological analysis of the condition of the family institution in Ukraine gave us the opportunity for a clear separation of the 3 macro-regions: Steppe Deep Crisis Region, Central Crisis Region and Western Region with Advancing Crisis. Historical-geographical, structural, and dynamic analysis of these regions and their components helped us to reveal ontological regional differences of the family institution caused by different stages of social transformation. The main regional consequence is that the most vulnerable situation is observed in the regions with strongly established industrial (modern) society, which is nearest to the postmodern one.

Key words:

institution of family, scientific researches, perspective research areas, essence of researches, perspective social and geographical researches 




Suggested citation: Melnychuk, A., Shchebet, E. (2016). Family institution under spatiotemporal and ontological analysis. Ekonomichna ta Sotsialna Geografiya, 76, 38-43 (in Ukrainian, abstr. in English), https://doi.org/10.17721/2413-7154/2016.76.38-43.

Print ISSN: 2413-7154. Online ISSN: 2413-7553

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