Intergenerational Relationships among Stepfamilies in the UK

Sarah Harper

in Families in Ageing Societies

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199251162
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602740 | DOI:
 Intergenerational Relationships among Stepfamilies in the UK

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This chapter examines grandparenting as an integral part of intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies. It argues that rather than creating a new order of relationships between generations, divorce and family change may represent solidarity with the past, whereby family solidarity is required for survival rather than a matter of free will or lifestyle choice. The care of elders, gift giving and inheritance, and relationships with ex in-laws and step in-laws are discussed.

Keywords: stepfamilies; family relations; grandparenting; United Kingdom; elderly care; gift giving; inheritance; in-laws

Chapter.  6119 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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