Short Paper

Iranian Families between Demographic Change and the Birth of the Welfare State

Marie Ladier-Fouladi  By the same author


The dominant model in Iran used to be the patriarchal extended family. Its members, linked by blood and by alliance, would include an initial couple, its children, and the families of these children. This family model was characterized by the absolute power of the father, head of the family; by strong solidarity between the sons, who had equal rights of succession; and by a high frequency of endogamy, (…)