Families in Ageing Societies: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

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Sarah Harper
OUP Oxford, Sep 2, 2004 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 212 pages
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Western families are undergoing considerable change. The demographic ageing of societies is increasing the number of living generations, and decreasing the number of living relatives within these generations. These ageing societies are also seeing an ageing of some life- transitions, with individuals choosing to delay full economic independence from parents, formal adult union through marriage or committed long-term cohabitation, and parenting. Such demographic change is occurringwithin the context of a variety of new kin structures-stepfamilies, ethnic minority families, single-parent families, cohabiting couples. This volume takes an inter-disciplinary research approach to consider the implications of demographic ageing for European and American families.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Challenge for Families of Demographic Ageing
6
2 Models of Kinship from the Developed World
31
3 One Happy Family? Sources of Intergenerational Solidarity and Tension as Contemporary US Society Ages
53
Evidence from the Berlin Ageing Study
64
5 Intergenerational Relationships among Stepfamilies in the UK
82
6 Working Carers in the European Union
95
TradeOffs among Caregiving Financial Transfers and WorkEvidence from the US Health and Retirement Survey
114
The Growth of IndependentSector Provision in the UK
143
9 Inheritance and Intergenerational Relationships in English Families
164
10 The American Family as a Context for Healthy Ageing
176
References
190
Author Index
207
Subject Index
211
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Sarah Harper is Director, Oxford Institute of Aging, Oxford University.

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