He says that contrary to predictions, India's nuclear households have increased only modestly.
There's also no evidence of a significant decline in the average household size in India since the beginning of the 20th Century. Marriage is universal, the divorce rate is low, and there are few single-person households because of adults remaining single and childless. Demographic conditions for joint family households remain strong. "India drastically challenges the understanding of family change," Dr Breton told me.