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One Happy Family? Sources of Intergenerational Solidarity and Tension as Contemporary US Society Ages

Sarah Harper

in Families in Ageing Societies

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199251162
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602740 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251169.003.0004
 One Happy Family? Sources of Intergenerational Solidarity and Tension as Contemporary US Society Ages

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Intergenerational tension and solidarity has been present in American family structures even before the Civil War. Kin ties remain transient and malleable. Americans still act as if they believe that they are part of one happy family, with many pretending to believe that blood is thicker than water. This chapter begins with a discussion on the history of the American family. It highlights developments that have altered the context in which general relations develop, and reviews some consequences of population ageing on domestic politics.

Keywords: United States; families; population ageing; kin interaction; intergenerational solidarity; intergenerational tension

Chapter.  5164 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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