With socio-economic and demographic changes taking place in contemporary societies, new patterns of family relations are forming partly due to significant family changes, value shifts, precariousness in the labour market, and increasing mobility within and beyond national boundaries.
This book explores the exchange of support between generations and examines variations in contemporary practices and rationales in different regions and societies. It draws on both theoretical perspectives and empirical analysis in relation to new patterns of family reciprocity. Contributors discuss both newly emerging patterns and more established ones which are now being affected due to various opportunities and pressures in contemporary societies.
The book is split into two parts, the first (Chapters one to four) reviews key theoretical and conceptual debates in this field, while the second (Chapter five to nine) offers insights and an understanding of exchange practices based on case studies from different regions and different relationships.
"Well-written, well-edited and compelling...timely and important" Journal of Comparative Family Studies
"Students, academics, professionals and policymakers will find this text of particular value with its synthesis of current research and fresh analytical lens on intergenerational relations." re:search, University of Bristol Research Review
"The present global flux in generational relations means that this book is extremely well timed to fill a major gap in the literature. It should be a key text for both gerontology and social policy." Alan Walker, University of Sheffield
Misa Izuhara is Senior Research Fellow in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. She has been working extensively in the areas of ageing and intergenerational relations, housing and social change, and comparative policy analysis between the East and the West. She is the Editor of the international journal, Policy & Politics.
Contents: Introduction ~ Misa Izuhara; Globalisation, global ageing and intergenerational relations ~ Chris Phillipson; Theorising intergenerational relations ~ Ariela Lowenstein; Intergenerational relationships and the welfare state ~ Svein Olav Daatland; Migration and the impact on intergenerational reciprocity ~ Louise Acker; Family wealth and reciprocity in the East Asian context ~ Misa Izuhara and Ray Forrest; Grandparents, HIV/AIDS and grandparenting in Sub-Saharan Africa ~ Akpovire Oduaran and Choja Oduaran; The spiritual debt and the gendered cost ~ Pascale Engelmajer; Reciprocity in intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies ~ Lawrence Ganong and Marilyn Coleman; Conclusion ~ Misa Izuhara.