Research Group

Kinship Inequalities

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Generational Placement Trajectories and Social Inequality

Bettina Maria Hünteler, Karsten Hank (University of Cologne, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, Germany), Thomas Leopold (University of Cologne, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, Germany), Diego Alburez-Gutierrez; in Collaboration with Theresa Nutz (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, GESIS, Mannheim, Germany), Jonathan Wörn (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway)

This project explores patterns of generational placements (i.e., individuals’ roles as children, parents, or grandparents) over the life course  (i.e., the timing and ordering in which they happen) and their associations with social inequality.  Detailed Description

Schematic representation of how different family transition events (in italics) affect the generational placement trajectories of two hypothetical individuals. E.g., individual (a) becomes a parent after having a child and a grandparent after the birth of a grandchild. © [Adapted from Hünteler, 2022,]

Generational position in the life course

Research Keywords:

Family Behavior, Intergenerational Relationships, Life Course

Region keywords:

Europe, Germany, Norway


Hünteler , B. M.; Hank, K.:
Ageing and Society, 1–19. (2023)    
Hünteler , B. M.; Nutz, T.; Wörn, J.:
SocArxiv papers. unpublished. (2023)    
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